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Precious Time

Drama at the Museum
Each clock in the rare collection has its own individual story, but the story that connects them all is the Great Clock Robbery.

In April 1983, in the dead of night, thieves broke into the Museum of Islamic Art and stole approximately 100 rare antique watches and clocks, including the Marie Antoinette clock valued at millions of dollars, and other valuable objects.

The burglary, named “The Great Robbery”, was well-planned and no clues were left behind. It was then the largest robbery in the history of Israel, and many agents were recruited to help the police in their search, including the Mossad, Interpol and private investigators hired by the museum’s insurance company.
23 years later, in August 2006, a significant development in the investigation finally occurred: a local clock-maker notified the museum that a woman had asked him to appraise some rare clocks, which were verified by him to be pieces from the famous stolen collection. Following a short investigation, it became clear that the woman who approached the clock-maker was the attorney of a US resident whose late husband had bequeathed her 40 antique clocks, including the Marie Antoinette clock, some of which were hidden in a safe that was only opened after his death.

At this stage, the Israel Police entered the picture and located a safe in Holland where they found 7 clocks, a jewelry box and a fake passport kit that was used by the thief. In the woman’s home in Los Angeles, more pieces  were found and later other clocks and artworks were traced to various bank safes in France. There ended the saga that rocked the art world, and instantly entered the history pages alongside the theft of the Mona Lisa in the early 20th century, the theft of Munch’s The Scream from the National Gallery of Oslo in the 1990's, and the mysterious disappearance of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch during the World War II.
The  antique  clock  collection, which was returned to its permanent  home  in  the  Museum  of Islamic Art, is now on display in a special, breathtaking exhibit that  attracts  a  large  audience from all over the world. There’s no  doubt  that  the amazing story of the “Great Clock Robbery” makes a visit to the museum even more powerful, and  adds a  certain  dramatic touch to it.

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Superior Room

Size: 37-40 m2 / 398-430 sq.ft

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