In stealing rembrandts, art security expert Anthony M. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence.
Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists #ad - . A spellbinding journey into the high-stakes world of art theft Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. Through thefts around the world - from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio - the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums.
They also show how museums are thwarted in their ability to pursue the thieves - even going so far as to conduct investigations on their own, far away from the maddening crowd of police intervention, sparing no expense to save the priceless masterpieces. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted.
The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art WorldSt. Martin's Press #ad - Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. For some, it's an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe. Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason.
The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate. Anthony M. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked.
The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World #ad - Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. Amore's the art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons.
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen TreasuresBroadway Books #ad - The rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. The wall street Journal called him “a living legend. The london times dubbed him “the most famous art detective in the world. In priceless, Robert K. Wittman, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair.
Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, to catch art thieves, scammers, Rio and Santa Fe, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, usually unarmed, Miami and Madrid. In this page-turning memoir, wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king.
After all, who’s to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They're both priceless. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat.
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures #ad - The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes’ descendants was a slick, aristocratic con man. The museum janitor who made off with locks of George Washington's hair just wanted to make a few extra bucks, figuring no one would miss what he’d filched. In his final case, wittman called on every bit of knowledge and experience in his arsenal to take on his greatest challenge: working undercover to track the vicious criminals behind what might be the most audacious art theft of all.
The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art TheftHarperCollins e-books #ad - Boser cracks the cold case of the art world’s greatest unsolved mystery. Vanity fair “the true story of the world’s largest unsolved art theft, ” the gardner heist by Ulrich Boser is a fascinating account of a brazen and amazing criminal act—a book that could help police and investigators solve the mystery of the 1990 break-in and burglary at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
A tantalizing whodunit” boston globe and a “riveting, and thieves” Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting, wonderfully vivid account that takes you into the underworld of obsessed art detectives, con men, The Gardner Heist is true crime history at its most spellbinding.
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art HeistPublicAffairs #ad - The boston fbi took control of the investigation, but twenty-five years later the case is still unsolved and the artwork is still missing. Stephen kurkjian, one of the top investigative reporters in the country, has been working this case for over nearly twenty years. In master thieves, he sheds new light on some of the Gardner's most abiding mysteries.
Though its collections included priceless artworks by Rembrandt, its security was cheap, mismanaged, Vermeer, Degas, and others, and out of date. Why would someone steal these paintings, only to leave them hidden for twenty-five years? and why, if one of the top crime bosses in the city knew about this score in 1981, did the theft happen in 1990? What happened in those intervening years? And what might all this have to do with Boston's notorious gang wars of the 1980s?Kurkjian's reporting is already responsible for some of the biggest breaks in this story, including a meticulous reconstruction of what happened at the Museum museum that fateful night.
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist #ad - As featured on the "last seen" podcast, definitive story of the $500m gardner museum art heist, full of "characters that would make Martin Scorsese swoon" Boston GlobeIn a secret meeting in 1981, the thrilling, a low-level Boston thief gave career gangster Ralph Rossetti the tip of a lifetime: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was a big score waiting to happen.
And now, it seemed, the whole Boston criminal underworld knew it. Nearly a decade passed before the Museum museum was finally hit. But when it finally happened, by some of the most famous artists in the world, the theft quickly became one of the most infamous art heists in history: thirteen works of art valued at up to 500 million, were taken.
Now master thieves will reveal the identities of those he believes plotted the heist, the motive for the crime, and the details that the FBI has refused to discuss.
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern ArtPenguin Books #ad - Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller, filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace. But this is most certainly not fiction; Provenance is the meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forgery. Once myatt had painted the pieces, the real fraud began.
This enormous swindle resulted in the introduction of at least two hundred forged paintings, some of them breathtakingly good and most of them selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. A tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries-many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections todayProvenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history.
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art #ad - And the sacred archives, undermined by John Drewe, remain tainted to this day. The story stretches from london to paris to New York, from tony Manhattan art galleries to the esteemed Giacometti and Dubuffet associations, to the archives at the Tate Gallery. Many of these fakes are still out in the world, large galleries, considered genuine and hung prominently in private houses, and prestigious museums.
Drewe managed to infiltrate the archives of the upper echelons of the British art world in order to fake the provenance of Myatt's forged pieces, hoping to irrevocably legitimize the fakes while effectively rewriting art history. Investigative reporters laney salisbury and Aly Sujo brilliantly recount the tale of a great con man and unforgettable villain, John Drewe, and his sometimes unwitting accomplices.
Chief among those was the struggling artist John Myatt, a vulnerable single father who was manipulated by Drewe into becoming a prolific art forger.
The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master ThiefHarperCollins e-books #ad - English, new york times bestselling author of havana nocturne America’s most notorious art thief, Boston-based Myles Connor, tells the unapologetic true story of his life of crime in The Art of the Heist. J. A gripping tell-all…. A fascinating look inside the mind of an unrepentant criminal. Washington post“One of the most beguiling criminal memoirs ever written….
A rare gem of a book. T. Co-written with acclaimed author jenny siler, connor’s eye-opening memoirs offer readers a rare, veteran of numerous brazen museum heists, and con man, detailed, and intimate look into the mindset of a master criminal—a cat burglar, thief, who shares the unparalleled “rush” of a life lived on the far side of the law.
The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - As riveting as a world war ii thriller, the forger's spell is the true story of three men and an extraordinary deception: the revered artist Johannes Vermeer; the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him years later; and the con man's mark, Hermann Goering, the fanatical art collector and one of Nazi Germany's most reviled leaders.
The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing MasterpieceHarperCollins e-books #ad - It was a brazen crime committed while the whole world was watching the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Baffled and humiliated, half american undercover cop named Charley Hill, the Norwegian police turned to the one man they believed could help: a half English, the world's greatest art detective.
The rescue artist is a rollicking narrative that carries readers deep inside the art underworld -- and introduces them to a large and colorful cast of titled aristocrats, intrepid investigators, and thick-necked thugs. In the predawn hours of a gloomy february day in 1994, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo and made off with one of the world's most famous paintings, Edvard Munch's Scream.
The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece #ad - But most compelling of all is charley hill himself, foolhardiness, a complicated mix of brilliance, and charm whose hunt for a purloined treasure would either cap an illustrious career or be the fiasco that would haunt him forever.
Stealing the Show: A History of Art and Crime in Six TheftsLyons Press #ad - John and a small staff of security professionals housed within the Museum were responsible for all of it. But of ultimate importance was the recovery of the artwork, French tapestries, including Celtic and Egyptian gold, Greek sculpture, and more. Over the years, john helped make the museum the state-of-the-art facility it is today and created a legacy in art security for decades to come.
Focusing on six thefts but filled with countless stories that span the late 1970s on into the 21st century, John opens the files on thefts, shows how museum personnel along with local and sometimes Federal Agents opened investigations and more often than not caught the thief. He takes readers behind the scenes at the met, introduces curators and administrators, walks the empty corridors after hours, and shares what it’s like to get the call that an ancient masterpiece has gone missing.
The metropolitan museum covers twelve acres in the heart of manhattan and is filled with five thousand years of work by history’s great artists known and unknown: Goya, Babylonian treasures, Warhol, Rembrandt, Egyptian mummies, da Vinci, Pollack, Colonial crafts, and Greek vases. When he retired as the chief security officer of new york city’s metropolitan museum of Art, royalty, John Barelli had spent the better part of forty years responsible not only for one of the richest treasure troves on the planet, the millions of visitors, but the museum’s staff, as well as American presidents, and heads of state from around the world.
Stealing the Show: A History of Art and Crime in Six Thefts #ad - For the first time, john barelli shares his experiences of the crimes that occurred on his watch; the investigations that captured thieves and recovered artwork; the lessons he learned and shared with law enforcement professionals in the United States and abroad; the accidents and near misses; and a few mysteries that were sadly never solved.
At the heart of this book there will always be art—those who love it and those who take it, two groups of people that are far from mutually exclusive.
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest MuseumHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - A “thrilling, well-researched” account of years of scandal at the prestigious Getty Museum Ulrich Boser, author of The Gardner Heist. In an authoritative account, two reporters who led a Los Angeles Times investigation reveal the details of the Getty Museum’s illicit purchases, from smugglers and fences, of looted Greek and Roman antiquities.
. . . The authors offer an excellent recap of the museum’s misdeeds, brimming with tasty details of the scandal that motivated several of America’s leading art museums to voluntarily return to Italy and Greece some 100 classical antiquities worth more than half a billion dollars. Publishers weekly, starred review “An astonishing and penetrating look into a veiled world where beauty and art are in constant competition with greed and hypocrisy.
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum #ad - This engaging book will cast a fresh light on many of those gleaming objects you see in art museums. Jonathan harr, author of The Lost Painting. Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records and candid interviews, these two journalists give us a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum, and tell a story of outlandish characters and bad behavior that could come straight from the pages of a thriller.
In recent years, several of america’s leading art museums have voluntarily given up their finest pieces of classical art to the governments of Italy and Greece. Why would they be moved to such unheard-of generosity? The answer lies at the Getty, one of the world’s richest and most troubled museums, and scandalous revelations that it had been buying looted antiquities for decades.