Two men stole the piece while threatening staff and tourists at gun point yesterday during business hours, and then fled by
stealth hovercraft car. Magritte (of "This is not a Pipe" fame) lived for over 20 years in the house in North Brussels with his wife, who posed for the painting. Maja Pertot Bernard of the Art Loss Register told the Guardian:
In thefts like these, the paintings either tend to turn up very quickly when the thieves realise it's a lost cause, or if they do go missing for a long time, they often change hands so many times that the final seller doesn't realise there is a problem with the painting.