Two George Keyt paintings worth Rs. 12mn missing

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today sought public assistance to locate two paintings of legendary artist George Keyt said to be worth more than Rs. 12 million.

Police said the two paintings, ‘Mother and Child’ and ‘Vasanthi’ which gone missing since July 12, 2013, from an office at No 130, Glennie Street in Colombo 2.

The two masterpieces were stolen while relocating the office premises at that time.

The ‘ Mother and Child’ which was an oil painting on canvas was done in 1953 while ‘Vasanthi’ was done in 1950 by the globally renowned painter.

The police have asked the public to pass any information about the paintings or their current whereabouts to the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit of the CID via 0112- 395248.

George Keyt who was born on April 17, 1901, died on July 31, 1993, in Colombo.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today sought public assistance to locate two paintings of veteran artist George Keyt which had been stolen in 2013. It is believed that the masterpieces are worth more than Rs.12 million.

Police said the two paintings — ‘Mother and Child’ and ‘Vasanthi’ — had gone missing since July 12, 2013, from a leading company located at No. 130, Glennie Street, Colombo 2. They had been stolen when the office was being relocated.

The ‘ Mother and Child’ oil on canvas painting had been done in 1953 and ‘Vasanthi’ in 1950.

Police requested the public to inform the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit of the CID via 0112- 395248, if they have any, leads to the suspect/s or the paintings. George Keyt, born on April  17, 1901, died on July 31, 1993, in Colombo.