CULTURE & ARTS
12/22/2012 04:57 pm ET Updated Feb 21, 2013

On The Trail Of The World's Stolen Art

Spectacular art heists may be imbued with a mythological, almost romantic status, but the underworld reality is far murkier.

It was just after 2am when the lone, hooded man approached one of the museum's south-facing windows and got to work. Had anyone been walking along Avenue de New York, the busy road that separates Paris Museum of Modern Art from the Seine, the intruder would have been in plain sight.

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