Two paintings by Pablo Picasso worth nearly $4.5 million (Dh16.5m) have been stolen from a museum in eastern Switzerland, police sources said on Friday.
The two oil paintings, "Tete de Cheval" from 1962 and "Verre et pichet" from 1944, were stolen on Wednesday evening from a cultural centre in the eastern town of Pfaeffikon, police said.
Police said the circumstances surrounding the theft were still unclear, but that the thieves managed to leave the building around 7pm local time.
The security alarm was set off as they left the museum, and guards noticed shortly afterwards that the paintings were missing.
The two paintings, one showing a typically stark horse's head in blues, greys and whites and the other a still life of a glass and pitcher in red and green, belong to the Sprengel museum in Hanover, Germany.
The museum has offered an unspecified reward for the paintings' safe return. (AFP)
Two Picasso paintings stolen in Switzerland