Stealing Rembrandts

Stealing Rembrandts

The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists

Book - 2011
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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. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted.
In Stealing Rembrandts , art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. 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. 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 atall costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence. 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.
Stealing Rembrandts is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind look at the black market of art theft, and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures the world has ever known.

Publisher: New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780230108530
Branch Call Number: 364.16287 A524s 2011
Characteristics: xvii, 241 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mashberg, Tom


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Mar 17, 2013

If you enjoy art and art history this may interest you, but if you're looking to read about fascinating art heists you'll be disappointed. This book is about debunking the common view of art thieves as portrayed in works of fiction. Instead of grand plans and fancy gadgetry, most art thieves appear to be no more sophisticated than the common shoplifter.


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