Throughout history there have been those that have been drawn to beautiful masterpieces of art. People around the world love art for a myriad of reasons be it beauty, value or meaning, yet there are a select few who are driven to stealing artwork for such motives. These select few range from professional thieves to opportunists and avid enthusiasts. So what are the most famous art thefts throughout history? Here are 5 of the most audacious art heists throughout history.
A Swedish Heist
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The Vincent Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands was subject to a massive theft in 1991. 20 pieces of the Dutch master’s artwork was stolen worth approximately £7 million each. The most famous of the stolen pieces was the celebrated work Sunflowers. Luckily all of the pieces were discovered shortly after the heist in a nearby get-away vehicle. The museum was also robbed for a second time in December 2002 when thieves entered the building via a ladder to the first storey window. Pieces stolen were View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, valued at £2 million. These pieces have never been recovered.
In what is still the biggest art theft in US history, two men blagged their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, pretending to be policemen then tying up the security staff. The men pretty much cleared out the museum stealing pieces including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Govaert Flinck and Manet painting. The masterpieces were reportedly brutally cut from their frames leaving jagged frayed edges and severely devaluing the works. Collectively the works were estimated between £125-£190 million. None of the stolen artworks have been recovered. See this video:
- This article was written by CultureLabel, e-retailer for affordable art.