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Authorities investigating theft of $400K+ antique clock

A $400,000+ uncommon antique clock by Asprey & Co. is the focus of an investigation by authorities in Chicago, following its theft during an antique show recently.

 The theft of a jewel-encrusted antique clock, during the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show, May 21, is the focus of a current investigation.

M.S. Rau clock

The subject of a recent theft: An early 20th century Asprey Mystery Clock, valued at $425,000, front and rear view shown. (Photo courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques.

According to an article by Leonor Vivanco, for the Chicago Tribune, a Asprey & Co. clock, valued at $425,000, was stolen the afternoon of May 21, from the display of show exhibitor M.S. Rau Antiques.

The article states one man and two women approached a booth about 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the show, held on the seventh floor of the Merchandise Mart. The man and one woman distracted vendor employees while the other woman allegedly took the antique clock decorated with diamonds and mother of pearl, according to police.

The 20th century clock features sapphires, 18K white gold and crystal. it measures 5 1/2 inches wide and 8 inches tall, according to M.S. Rau Antiques' site.

Bill Rau, the CEO of M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans, put out an official statement the afternoon of May 22: “It was unfortunate that this theft happened during what was otherwise a wonderful and successful show for M.S. Rau Antiques from New Orleans.Though there was security throughout the Chicago Antiques, Art + Design Show, the thieves were able to steal an incredibly rare Asprey & Co. mystery clock that is valued at $425,000.

"The police were immediately notified and quickly on-site. An investigation is underway. Our security footage is being reviewed by the police and we’re confident that the criminals will be quickly apprehended and this wonderful timepiece returned. We’re awaiting further details.”

As of Tuesday morning, May 23, there has been no report of anyone taken into custody.

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