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FBI’s #1 Art Crime: Looting of Iraqi Artifacts

During the war, and in March and April in particular, many Iraqi institutions and archaeological sites were looted. Above is a picture of the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad back in 2008. After thousands of artifacts were looted, the FBI was brought in to investigate and recover the priceless artifacts. The Iraqi museum houses Continue reading read more »

FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes #2: Isabella Stewart Ga...

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist has been labeled The Crime of the Century, but although the crime itself was rather remarkable, the fact that the case has gone unsolved for more than 27 years is unthinkable. On March 18, 1990, two armed police officers knocked on the gates of the museum claiming to Continue reading read more »

FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes: #3 Nativity with St. F...

The Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence is believed to be painted in 1609. While its date of origin is disputable, its creator is not. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was on the run for his life after murdering a man over a debt. This is believed to be one of is last paintings and Continue reading read more »

FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes: #4 Davidoff-Morini Str...

This crime is most heartbreaking. While one of the worlds greatest violinists lay dying in October, 1995, a cruel thief slipped a hidden key from its discreet location and unlocked the closet door where Erica Morini, 91, kept her most treasured possession; a Davidoff Stradivarius estimated to be worth more than $3.5 million. The violin Continue reading read more »

FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes: #5 Van Gogh Museum Rob...

Two Van Gogh paintings were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in December, 2002. Two very determined thieves cut a hole in the roof of the museum to gain access to the building. Two of Van Goghs paintings were taken; The Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen. Officials estimate the Continue reading read more »

FBI Top 10 ART Crimes: #7 Gertrude Vanderbilt W...

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals 3A 3B were created by Maxfield Parrish in 1916. They are part of a set of four wall panels originally commissioned by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney for her home in New York. By July, 2002 the murals were on display in a museum in West Hollywood, California. On the weekend of Continue reading read more »

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