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In a plot worthy of a Hollywood heist film, thieves mingled with other visitors to an exhibition in Venice on Wednesday before brazenly making off with gems of "indisputably elevated value," the canal city's police chief said.

The working theory being developed by investigating officers suggests that at least two people entered the Doge's Palace -- a popular tourist spot in Venice where a selection of Indian jewelry from the Qatari royal collection was on display to the public.

One suspect acted as lookout while the other grabbed the jewels from a display case, police believe.

To read more on CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/style/article/venice-jewelry-heist-intl/index.html

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Images below from the Al-Thani collection exhibitions staged in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Images courtesy Alex Boyle, AAD, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Tiger Finial from the Throne of Tippoo Sultan (1750-1799), Mysore India, Circa 1790 Gold inlaid with Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds -  Image Courtsey | Alex Boyle, AAD 

Treasure india 2Tippoo Sultan's Magic Box, Mysore, India, Circa 1789-1798, Gold, Each of the twenty equilateral faces bears a number in Arabic Used as common factors in Euclidean Geometry Pioneered by the Ancient Greeks - Image Courtesy | Alex Boyle, AAD

 Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 17.50.47 copy Example of early Mughal Jade - Image Courtesy | Alex Boyle, AAD

 Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 22.02.34Turban Jewellry, Jaipur or Hyderbad 19th Century - Gold and Silver set with Diamonds and with Pendent Spinels, Enamelled on the back - Author's own image

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 22.03.15Locket Pendant, Mughul India, 17th Century, Gold Inlaid with Rubies and Emeralds - Image Courtesy | Alex Boyle

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 22.04.08A Ceremonial Sword Circa 1880 - 1910. Hyderbad - Image AAD

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 22.03.33The Gold hilt set with Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds - Image AAD

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 21.59.41Turban Jewellry, possibly Hyderbad - Gold set with Emeralds and Diamonds - Author's own image

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 22.00.11A showcase of fiine jewellry in the Exhibition - image AAD

The Nabha Spinel. Royal Collection Trust Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015The Nabha Spinel - Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 18.09.14 copyNecklace 19th or 20th Century, possibly Hyderbad - Gold set with Diamonds and an Emerald bead, Enamelled on the edges - Image Courtesy | Alex Boyle

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 22.34.29Necklace possibly circa 1900, probably Hyderbad - Gold and Silver set with foiled Emeralds and Diamonds, the chord ends wrapped with Natural Pearls - Image Courtesy | Alex Boyle

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 22.37.42Sapphire and Diamond Turban ornament (sarpech), India, ca.1920; modified ca.1925 - 35 - Image Courtesy | Alex Boyle

 Tiger one miniTiger Finial from the Throne of Tippoo Sultan (1750-1799), Mysore India, Circa 1790 Gold inlaid with Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds

Screen Shot 2015 11 21 at 23.02.28Huma Bird  - Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 17.21.31Front view of the Throne of Tippoo Sultan, text by Benjamin Sydenham, drawings by Thomas Marriott - Wikipedia

Screen Shot 2015 11 19 at 17.21.44 copyTop View - The Throne of Tippoo Sultan

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