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What’s a Bruegel?
Many stolen paintings have a strange history. But one of the strangest was that of a painting by the famous sixteenth-century painter Bruegel, stolen from the Courtaunld Institute in London in the eighties.
The four thieves who had stolen the painting, didn’t know how much it cost. The first art expert who came to see the painting said it was priceless and couldn’t name the exact price. The gang telephoned another art expert who told them that the painting was worth $ 2-3 million. They then tried to sell the painting back to the gallery from which it had been stolen. The gallery contacted the police and the meeting was arranged. The gang asked for the money to be brought in two suitcases in unmarked banknotes. However, the meeting didn’t take place.
A short time later the four were arrested. The police found the painting on top of a wardrobe. When the gang were told they were arrested in connection with Bruegel, one of them said, « What’s a Bruegel? I thought it was rubbish. »
Which of the following is not true?
There was no meeting of the gang with the gallery representatives because there was no place for it.
The four thieves didn’t know the real value of the painting when they stole it.
Representatives of the gallery were asked to bring the money.
The meeting of the gang with gallery representatives was planned.
What’s a Bruegel?
а) An unmarked banknote.
b) The famous sixteenth-century painter.
c) A painting by Bruegel.
d) A mark on top of the wardrobe.
3. Why didn’t the first expert name the exact price?
a) The gallery didn’t allow him to do it.
b) He didn’t want to deal with the gang.
с) He thought it was too valuable to be priced.
d) He wanted to have the painting himself.
4. What is the text about?
a) The Bruegel’s painting- stolen and found.
b) Strange history.
c) London of the eighties.
d) Stolen painting.
5. The word «gang» means:
a) a small but friendly company.
b) a group of persons going about or working, especially for criminal purposes.
с) a room or building for the display of painting.
d) a group of prisoners.