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Matisse sketch stolen in Berlin

Nu au rocking chair by Henri Matisse
The Matisse lithography Nude in a rocking chair was created in 1913

More than 30 artworks, including prints by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, have been stolen from a Berlin gallery.

The artworks - worth an estimated 180,000 euros ($250,000/173,000) - were stolen over the New Year holiday.

Picasso's 1947 Profil au Fond Noir and Nude in a Rocking Chair (1913) by Matisse are among the pieces missing.

The works, including sculptures and etchings, were taken from the Fasanengalerie, a private gallery near western Berlin's shopping district.

Le Boupeut, a colour print by Georges Braque, is also missing.

The gallery's owner discovered the theft around lunchtime on Thursday.

Given the volume of art stolen, police suspect the involvement of two or more people.

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