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CCTV captures audacious Auckland heist that saw thieves make off with gnome statue, worth $55,000

A bronze gnome statue worth tens of thousands of dollars has been stolen from an inner-city Auckland art gallery.

The statue, titled Thinker, by New Zealand artist Gregor Kregar was stolen from its plinth outside the renowned Gow Langsford Gallery in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Gregor Kregar's bronze piece is worth $55,000. Source: Gow Langsford Gallery.

The thieves, wearing high visibility vests, spent a whole hour removing the $55,000 statue from its mount before loading it into a vehicle outside the gallery's entrance.

Gallery Director John Gow said the two-metre-tall artwork had been installed just one week prior to the incident.

Men wanted over theft of Auckland gnome statue. Source: Gow Langsford Gallery

Gow Langsford has displayed artwork on the plinth at the corner of Wellesley and Kitchener Streets for 20 years.

This is the first time any artwork has been stolen.

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Men wanted over theft of Auckland gnome statue. Source: Gow Langsford Gallery.