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Art & Crime The Fight Against Looters, Forgers, and Fraudsters in the High-Stakes Art World

9781644213261

Art & Crime The Fight Against Looters, Forgers, and Fraudsters in the High-Stakes Art World

  • ISBN 13:

    9781644213261

  • ISBN 10:

    1644213265

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/10/2023
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press

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Summary

Here are stories of high-stakes, brazen art crimes from around the world with new insights on ongoing cases by two journalists counted among the most 100 influential people in the art business.

"True crime fans and aficionados of culture will appreciate this dive into the dark side of the art world." —Publishers Weekly


The art world is one of the most secretive—and largely unregulated—of global businesses, and the list of its crimes run long and deep. The extent of the economic and cultural damage that results from criminality in the global art scene rarely comes to light. By turns thrilling, disturbing, and unbelievable, the cases explored in this book include "artnapping"—stealing art to collect a ransom—tax fraud, forgery, money laundering, and illegal excavations. The book includes coverage of:

  • The 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre
  • A 2017 sensational case of a 220 lb Canadian gold coin from Berlin's Bode Museum
  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist
  • A section on the thriving market for Mondigliani forgaries
  • The ill-gotten art collection of former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos
  • Art stolen by the Nazis during WWII, and the enduring business of forgeries of Hitler's own paintings
  • President Donald Trump's practice of using his charitable fund to buy art, including a portrait of himself

True crime and art history lovers will devour this thoroughly researched and fascinating book.

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