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Several Bill Reid pieces stolen from UBC's Museum of Anthropology

Associated Press - May 25, 2008 1:15 AM ET

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Several gold pieces by 1 of Canada's best-known modern artists, Bill Reid, have been stolen from the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.

Spokesman Scott Macrae says the break-in and robbery happened sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. He says about 10 pieces, including some Inca gold necklaces, were stolen.

The value of the stolen pieces is not immediately known.

Reid is considered 1 of Canada's most important artists of the 20th century. The website for the Bill Reid Foundation lists 4 of his works that are used on the Canadian $20 bill.

He was trained as a goldsmith and worked in sculpture, carvings, jewelry and painting. His work reflected traditional Northwest Coast native art.

Reid died in 1998.

Police confirm there was a break and enter at the museum but say more information will be released Monday.

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