Matisse and Picasso stolen in Paris

Paris: Five works including paintings by modern masters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso have been stolen from a Paris museum, officials connected to the investigation told reporters on Thursday.

The canvases -- worth a total of 500 million euros (635 million dollars) -- were discovered missing from the city-run Musee d`Art Moderne when it opened its doors, the sources said.

Museum officials found a broken window and a sheared-off padlock, suggesting the heist took place overnight Wednesday.

Besides the Matisse and the Picasso, works by Georges Braque, Ferdinand Leger and Amedeo Modigliani were also stolen, the officials said, adding that detectives were investigating.

Bureau Report