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In an undertaking that seemed tailor-made for a complicated heist film, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam began taking down its collection of masterpieces Sunday night and prepared to transfer them to the Hermitage in Amsterdam.
While the image of 75 Van Gogh paintings including "Sunflowers" and "Irises" crossing the city in an armored car could make an art thief's heart go pitter-pat, museum director Axel Ruger downplayed the effort as the museum prepares to close until April of next year for renovations.
"We do this all the time," Ruger told the Associated Press, though he added that he couldn't say more about the security measures in place, "because you will understand that we need to keep those confidential in order to safeguard the security of the transport," he said.