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Jewelled slippers stolen from shoe museum

A pair of jewel-encrusted slippers worth approximately $160,000 was stolen this weekend from Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum.

A lavish pair of jewel-encrusted slippers worth approximately $160,000 was stolen this weekend from Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum.

Police are reviewing surveillance video and interviewing staff after the rare, ancient footwear disappeared while the museum was open to the public between noon and 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

More than 200 years old and once worn by an Indian prince, the slippers are "both priceless and worthless," the museum's curator told CBC News.

Though embroidered with gold thread and embellished with uncut rubies, diamonds and emeralds, Elizabeth Semmelhack says that if the slippers are "dismantled," they will have virtually no value.

Detectives said that the slippers had been held in a glass case, but had been removed without an alarm being triggered.

The Bata Shoe Museum celebrates footwear from around the world, dating from the last 4,500 years. The four-storey building in downtown Toronto houses more than 10,000 shoes.