'Priceless' jewels stolen in Germany's Green Vault museum heist

Ackermann confirmed the sets included brilliant-cut diamonds which belonged to an 18th-century collection of jewellery assembled by the museum's founder.

The museum had guards on duty at night, Ms Ackermann said.

"We're dealing with priceless artistic and cultural treasures", she told reporters in Dresden.

Historic jewellery, diamonds and precious stones worth as much as €1bn (£855m) were stolen in a dramatic robbery at one of Germany's most famous museums on Monday morning.

Police said they were alerted shortly before 5am by unarmed museum security guards who had spotted two burglars inside the downtown museum on video surveillance cameras.

Pleading with the thieves not to destroy the objects or melt them down, she said the jewellery was of "inestimable cultural and historical value" and could never be sold on the open market.

The intruders minimize the electrical energy provide in Dresden's Gruenes Gewoelbe, or Inexperienced Vault museum, which homes certainly one of Europe's largest collections of jewelry and court docket riches, the newspaper stated with out giving a supply.

He explained that the stolen sets were part of a 10-set collection which includes not only diamonds, but also sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

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The most valuable items are in the palace's historic section on the ground floor.

The treasures of the Inexperienced Vault survived Allied bombing raids in World Struggle Two, exclusively to be carted off as battle booty by the Soviet Union.

There are about 3000 items of jewellery and other treasures decorated with gold, silver, ivory and pearl.

Its most valuable item-a unique 41-carat naturally green diamond-is now on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. One of the most iconic and prized pieces of the collection, the 41-carat Dresden 'Green Diamond, ' is now on loan to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and thus escaped any threat from Monday's heist.

Minister President of Saxony Michael Kretschmer voiced outrage at the crime, saying that "not only were the state art collections burgled, but the people of Saxony too".

For Saxony's state premier, the heist went beyond the value of the artefacts stolen.

Monday's theft is the second high-profile heist in Germany in recent years after a 100kg (220-pound), 24-karat giant gold coin was stolen from Berlin's Bode Museum in 2017.

Museum experts said the items are "priceless" and can never be sold.

  • Michelle Webb