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Three early oil paintings by 19th-century Dutch master Vincent van Gogh have been stolen from a small provincial museum in this southern town, the third theft of van Gogh works in two years.

The paintings taken Wednesday night from the Noordbrabants Museum were identified by the museum as "The Sitting Farmer's Wife," "The Digging Farmer's Wife" and "Wheels of the Water Mill in Gennep".

Guy Jennings, an Impressionism expert at Christie's auction house in London, said by telephone that such minor works by Van Gogh are worth about $1 million each.

Dutch radio quoted police as saying the paintings were stolen from the museum after entry was apparently gained through a broken window.

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