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Read about the most Famous Art Crimes in history. See examples of the work stolen or damaged and each of these Famous Art Crimes are 100% true and if you have any information regarding any of these art crimes, please contact your nearest Police department. If you have a Famous Art Crimes story with pictures, please send them to info@artfortune.com for consideration into the Art Fortune Art Crimes database.


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Recent Convictions dealing with Art Crimes

November 22, 2010
The former caretaker of an elderly millionaire, James S. Biear, was convicted on November 22,2010
on 10 counts "including interstate transportation of stolen property; wire, mail, bank, and
credit card fraud; and money laundering" ("Federal Bureau of Investigation New York"). Crimes were
committed in attempt to steal $3.2 million dollars and art. The most valuable item being, Andy Warhol's
silk screen on a wooden crate, 57 box (Shown below).

Retrieved from: http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel09/nyfo112309.htm on 02/16/2011

Other Items stolen included; a playing card on paper by Marcel Duchamp titled Mona Lisa; an
ink drawing by Francis Picabia titled Jean Cocteau par Francis Picabia; a watercolor by Joe Brainard titled
Flowers; a charcoal drawing by Alex Katz titled Lola; antique silverware ("Federal Bureau of Investigation
New York"). The defendant sold Warhol's 57 Box to an art deal for $220,000 under false documentation
that the piece had been "gifted" to him by his uncle. Sentencing for the defendant is scheduled on
February 25, 2011
"Department of Justice Press Release." Federal Bureau of Investigation New York. Federal
Bureau of Investigation, 29 Nov 2010. Web. 18 Jan 2011. <http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/
pressrel10/nyfo112210.htm>.

November 29, 2010
Robert B. Knowlton of Grand Junction, Colorado was sentenced on November 29,2010 as a result
of the previous conviction. The defendant pled guilty to knowingly selling an archeological resource that
had been removed from public land. This removal was in violation of Federal law. Another count was
that the defendant knowingly transported this archeological resource from Colorado to Utah in order to
sell these items. As a result of a plea agreement, the defendant was convicted of two misdemeanors and
sentenced to 18 months of probation.

"Department of Justice Press Release." Federal Bureau of Investigation Denver. Federal Bureau
of Investigation, 29 Nov 2010. Web. 16 Jan 2011. <http://denver.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/
dn111910.htm>.

October 25, 2010
It was announced that the Assistant US Attorney is to received a national award for
two seizures earlier in 2010.

July 2010
In July of 2010, a fraudulent Andrew Wyeth painting, "snow birds", was seized from a New
York auction house in July. Painting was rumored to be worth $300,000 to $500,000 in auction. Its
authenticity was questioned and after Federal investigation, records kept by the Andrew Wyeth office
revealed the piece as a forgery.

Retrieved from: http://baltimore.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/ba102510a.htm on 02/16/2011

Another major seizure took place in July as well. This was the seizure of a collection of ancient
artifacts from Mesopotamia, present day Iraq. Among the items seized were a large amount of
cuneiform tablets, used for record keeping. The items are said to have been looted from Iraq and
unlawfully smuggled into the United States by an unknown person. These items were found to be in
possession of an antiquities dealer in California, whom has surrender all rights to these objects. The Iraqi
government is claiming ownership and hopes that this seizure will partially heal the wounds that looting
and trading of their cultural history have left.

Retrieved from: http://baltimore.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/ba102510a.htm on 02/16/2011

Assistant United States Attorney David L. Hall "has been selected to receive one of four of the
nation's 2010 Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE) Beacon Awards" ("Federal Bureau of Investigation
Baltimore"). [The SAFE Beacon Award recognizes "outstanding achievement in raising public awareness
about our endangered cultural heritage and the devastating consequences of the illicit antiquities
trade, which fuels the looting of ancient sites and destroys our ultimate non-renewable resource: the
intact evidence of our undiscovered past." This year's Beacon Award winners are described as "unsung
heroes" who have "collectively rescued millions of dollars worth of stolen or smuggled art and cultural
property.]

"Department of Justice Press Release." Federal Bureau of Investigation Baltimore. Federal
Bureau of Investigation, 25 Oct 2010. Web. 16 Jan 2011. <http://denver.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/
dn111910.htm>.

$5,000,000 Reward

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Jan Vermeer "The Concert"* Stolen from the Gardner Museum Boston, MA USA March 18, 1990 * And other works including Rembrandt, Manet, & Degas

Jan Vermeer 'The Concert

if you have any information regarding the stolen art work above, please contact your local police department.

 

 

$530,000 Euro Reward

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Pablo Picasso "Portrait of Dorra Maar" Stolen from a Private Yacht Moored in Antibes, France March 11,1999

Pablo Picasso 'Portrait of Dorra Maar'

if you have any information regarding the stolen art work above, please contact your local police department.

 

$200,000 reward

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Theft of Encino couple's artwork
The stolen paintings included works by Hans Hofmann, Chaim Soutine, Arshile Gorky, Emil Nolde, Lyonel Feininger and Kess van Dongen.
The artwork, including pieces by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera, is worth millions and was taken while the couple was at home.

Stolen Art

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400,000 Swiss Franc Reward

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Emile Galle "Art pieces in Glass" Stolen from the Neumann Foundation Gingins, Switzerland October 27, 2004

Emile Galle 'Art pieces in Glass'

if you have any information regarding the stolen art work above, please contact your local police department.

 

 

100,000 Reward

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Lucian Freud "Portrait of Francis Bacon" Stolen from the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany May 27, 1988

Berliners have woken up to find their city plastered with "Wanted" posters depicting the face of the late celebrated artist Francis Bacon.
The posters offer a reward of 300,000 German marks (100,000). Yet it is not Bacon himself they are demanding, but the return of a portrait of the artist stolen 13 years ago.
The 1951 painting, worth an estimated $1.4m, is by artist Lucian Freud - Bacon's respected contemporary now aged 79.

Lucian Freud 'Portrait of Francis Bacon'

if you have any information regarding the stolen art work above, please contact your local police department.

 

 















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