Rodin Sculpture of French Fovelist Honore de Balzac Stolen From Israel Museum


JERUSALEM (AP).- A statue by French sculptor Auguste Rodin was stolen from the Israel Museum during the facility’s recently completed renovation, the museum said Wednesday. The nude bronze of French novelist Honore de Balzac was one of a series of studies Rodin cast for a monument to Balzac on display in Paris. It was donated to the museum in 1966 by the Jewish-American impresario and lyricist Billy Rose. The museum said the theft was discovered three months ago and immediately reported to police. Police says an investigation is ongoing but would provide no further details. The statue is 50 inches high by 24 inches wide (127 centimeters high and 61 centimeters