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Thieves Steal A Famous Painting From An Italian Church — But Don't Worry, It's Fake

After authorities were tipped off about the heist, they replaced the Flemish masterpiece with a replica.
Art thieves tried to steal a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1638), but the artwork, titled The Crucifixion, had been switched out for a copy. Source: PHAS

Art thieves stole a Flemish masterpiece valued at 3 million euros from a small Italian town church last week. Or so they thought.

To their surprise, the painting they stole was actually a fake. Town leaders and the with a replica.

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