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Edgar Degas artwork stolen from French museum

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - An artwork by French impressionist artist Edgar Degas was stolen from a museum on Wednesday night in Marseille in southern France, the city's prosecutor said.

The pastel work, "The Chorus," was worth an estimated 800,000 euros ($1.15 million), the prosecutor said. Local media had originally said it was worth an estimated 30 million euros.

The work belonged to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and had been loaned to Marseille's Cantini museum for an exhibition that was due to close on January 3.

"The disappearance of this very expensive painting was discovered when the museum opened on Thursday morning. There do not seem to be any signs of breaking and entering," Marseille public prosecutor Jacques Dallest told Reuters.

The Musee d'Orsay, which has been loaning out many works in recent months to raise funds, declined to comment on the theft.

(Reporting by Francois Revilla; Writing by Sophie Taylor)

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