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Robert Wittman's Bestseller Priceless, the Art of Recovering Stolen Paintings

James Grundvig | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
James Grundvig

Three days before Christmas in 2000, on an affluent peninsula in Stockholm, an Iraqi gang pulled off an audacious art theft of a small, but priceless self-portrait of Rembrandt at the Swedish National Museum.

FBI Art Crime Team Founder Robert Wittman Talks Art Theft

James Grundvig | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
James Grundvig

Two events that erupted in 1990 forever changed Wittman's, and America's, outlook regarding art crime.

Craziest Art Theft of 2012 To Become A Movie

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 08.01.2013 | Arts

Today, the Romanian director Tudor Giurgiu announced plans to adapt the story of last year's insane multimillion dollar art theft in the Netherlands f...

$11.5 Million Picasso Painting Seized By U.S.

AP | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — A 1909 Pablo Picasso painting titled "Compotier et tasse," or "Fruit bowl and cup," with an estimated worth of $11.5 million will be ...

International Art Ring Exposed!

AP | Posted 06.13.2013 | Arts

BERLIN -- German police said Thursday they have broken up a multi-million-euro (-dollar) international forgery ring which specialized in producing bog...

Former NFL Player's Alleged Art Scam Could Result In 110 Years In Jail

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts

According to Investment News, a painting by French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin is at the center of an investment scandal, enacted by former...

Three Arrested For Giant Rotterdam Art Heist

Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts

Three suspects were arrested in Romania on Tuesday for the massive art heist Kunsthal gallery last October, called "every museum director's worst nigh...

What Movie Is The Dutch Art Theft Most Like?

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 10.18.2012 | Arts

If you're vaguely aware that one of the most dramatic art heists in the history of ever just occurred in the Netherlands, but don't know the details, ...

Bond Guru Offers $1 MILLION For Stolen Art's Return

Posted 09.25.2012 | Arts

Los Angeles is known for its expensive tastes; the fashion will cost you, the parking isn't cheap... so it would only make sense that a reward for sto...

The Mysterious Return Of One Of Poland's Most Treasured Works Of Art

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.10.2012 | Arts

Lucas Cranach the Elder, called "one of the strangest Renaissance artists in Germany" is back in the headlines after a few centuries at rest. His pain...

$770,000 Sculpture Stolen For Scraps?

Posted 07.13.2012 | Arts

A $770,000 bronze sculpture by British artist Henry Moore was stolen late Tuesday or early Wednesday from the garden of the Henry Moore Foundation, lo...

Four Arrested For Forging Picasso

AP | Posted 09.08.2012 | Arts

MADRID -- The Interior Ministry says police have arrested four people for trying to sell a forged Pablo Picasso oil painting for up to (EURO)1.2 milli...

Stolen Dali Painting Mailed Back Unharmed

Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts

Salvador Dali was an eccentric fellow to say the least, so it is no surprise that a Dali theft (and return) would be a surreal ordeal. First a Dal...

What's the Motivation Behind Recent Art Crimes?

MutualArt | Posted 08.28.2012 | Arts
MutualArt

Three different incidents this month alone show us, however, that crime in museums is very easy to achieve. Elementary yet different in execution, these recent events allow us to ascertain what motivates people to commit art crimes.

5 Million Dollar Thief Can't Be Charged

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 08.20.2012 | Home

CHICAGO — Stolen documents, military medals and other artifacts valued at about $5 million – including letters signed by Abraham Lincoln a...

Art Thieves Make Off With Warhol, 18 Other Works Worth Millions

Posted 05.22.2012 | Detroit

Nineteen works of art, including a silkscreen by artist Andy Warhol, were stolen from a private collection in Detroit, Fox 2 reported Monday. Accor...

'Steal This Art' Painting Stolen... Again

Posted 04.25.2012 | Arts

Many artists dream of having their artworks truly speak to their viewers. Yet it seems artist Adam Simon wishes his works were not so convincing. His ...

Chinese Artifacts Stolen From UK Museum

AP | Posted 06.18.2012 | Arts

LONDON — British police say 18 rare and mostly jade Chinese artifacts have been stolen from Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam Museum. Cambridg...

Art Dealer Arrested For $2 Million Of Fake Art

Posted 11.16.2011 | Arts

Is the signature on your Monet a little too legible? It could be a fake; word is they're going around. A former art dealer was arrested in South F...

Damien Hirst Statue Vandalized

BBC News | Posted 10.24.2011 | Arts

A 22ft (6.7m) high statue by Damien Hirst being displayed on a balcony in Bristol has been vandalised. A graffiti tag was sprayed on the £1.5m scu...