Man Reportedly Walks Off With Renoir

A painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir has reportedly been stolen from an auction house in Vienna.

Public broadcaster ORF said on Wednesday the unknown thief walked into the Dorotheum auction house, removed the 27cm x 40cm painting from the wall and walked off with it on Monday.

The station quoted the auction house and Vienna police confirming an art theft but not that it was a work by Renoir.

An auction listing for the oil on canvas Renoir painting Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes with an estimated value between 120,000 euros and 160,000 euros ($A188,000 - $A250,000), has been removed from the Dorotheum's website.

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