ARTS & CULTURE
08/22/2010 11:07 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Art Of The Steal: Greatest Art Heists In History Plus Egypt's Hunt For A Van Gogh

Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Egypt has added to their to-do list to fix 'faulty alarms.' This weekend, a Van Gogh painting, entitled "Poppy Flowers" was stolen from the museum. The reports since the theft have been shifty at best - one stating they'd recovered the painting from two men attempting to leave the country and another saying that the search presses on still. Learning about this suddenly nomadic painting inspired some reminiscing over the greatest art thefts in history. Checkout the slideshow below and leave your favorite in the comments. Great works of art should always be respected and put on display with the utmost care, but at (very rare) times it's hard to deny the innovative art of the steal.

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Great Art Heists
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Great Art Heists