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Sculptures stolen in break-in at Udell Gallery

Several sculptures have been stolen in a break-in at Vancouver's Douglas Udell Gallery.

Several sculptures have been stolen in a break-in at Vancouver's Douglas Udell Gallery.

Thieves smashed the front window of the gallery on West 6th Avenue last week and stole both the sculptures and the price tags that go with each one.

   

Pite, a sculpture by Joe Fafard, was stolen

Among the works stolen are two sculptures by Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard, Pite, a figure of a wolf, and Monument to Toulouse, a small figure of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec wearing a bowler hat, sitting on a pillow and drawing in a sketchbook.

Gallery owner Doug Udell is sending images of the stolen art to galleries and art organizations to try to track it down.

He also plans to check the internet to see if any of the art shows up for sale online. Udell has been an art dealer since 1967 and has galleries in Edmonton and Vancouver.

He hopes at the very least to make it harder for the thieves to fence the works.

"It's a unique and individual image that is not easily tradable in the underworld kind of world," he said.

Udell now has a guard on duty overnight and says he's upgrading his electronic security system.

Fafard said he has never had works stolen from a gallery before and he hopes people don't get the idea that stealing art is a profitable business.

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