Metal thieves in France damage the Kiefer sculpture worth 1 million euros

French investigators claimed that the thieves were after the materials, not the sculptures, and that they did not understand the value of the art. A similar rationale was once again advanced by the prosecutors in Meaux

Parts of an Anselm Kiefer sculpture, thought to have a collective value of around $1 million, were stolen from the artist's warehouse in the French city of Croissy-Beaubourg.

The stolen pieces are believed to be large lead books. It was not clear which work was targeted, but other works by Kiefer, such as The High Priestess/Zweistromland (1985/86), have previously drawn on these heavy works in the service of explorations of post-war German trauma. . That sculpture, for example, alludes to the archives kept by the Nazis.