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Jewel-encrusted antique Asprey & Co. mystery clock valued at $425,000 (photo courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques).
May 25, 2017 – The Chicago Police Department (CPD) reports that a jewel-encrusted antique clock worth more than $400,000 was stolen from an exhibition of the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show at the Merchandise Mart last weekend.
According to CPD, a man and two women approached a booth at the show on Sunday at or around 3:45 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Merchandise Mart. Apparently, the male and one of the women posed a distraction for the vendor’s representatives as the other woman allegedly made off with the antique clock. The clock is adorned with diamonds and mother of pearl, police said.
Police indicate no one is in custody at this time.
New Orleans-based M.S. Rau Antiques is listed as the exhibitor in question for the show, which features the Asprey & Co. mystery clock valued at $425,000 on its website. The 20th-century clock, also decorated with sapphires, 18K white gold and crystal, is about 5-1/2 inches wide and 8 inches tall, according to the antique store's website.
"It was unfortunate that this theft happened during what was otherwise a wonderful and successful show," M.S. Rau Antiques said in a statement.
"Though there was security throughout the Chicago Antiques, Art + Design Show, the thieves were able to steal an incredibly rare Asprey & Co. mystery clock," the shop's statement said. Chicago Police are reviewing security footage and M.S. Rau is hopeful the suspects will be apprehended and the time piece recovered.