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Thieves grab art worth millions

THIEVES who broke into a museum walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse - potentially worth hundreds of millions of euro.

Police haven't said how they pulled off the early hours heist in Rotterdam, but an expert who tracks stolen art said the robbers clearly knew what they were after.

"Those thieves got one hell of a haul," said Chris Marinello, who directs the Art Loss Register.

The heist at the Kunsthal museum is one of the largest in years, and is a stunning blow for the private Triton Foundation collection, which was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time.

"It's every museum director's worst nightmare," said Kunsthal director Emily Ansenk. She declined to reveal any details of how the museum is protected, other than describing its security as "state of the art" and "functional."