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Gilbert trustee devastated by art theft

80 artworks stolen, 20 destroyed

A trustee of the David Gilbert Art Trust has expressed his 'shock, anger and devastation' after 80 artworks were stolen, with a further 20 destroyed.

The trust was set up after Mr Gilbert's death in 2016, to build a catalogue, keep his work safe, and allow it to be seen by a wider audience.

It was displayed at the Sayle Gallery and Manx Museum this summer, with many of the pieces produced whilst Gilbert was living on the Island.

Nick Benefield of the trust says some key pieces will be particularly missed:

The lost pieces have been valued at £150,000.

The theft means this year's exhibition was the final time the public could view the display in its entirety.

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