Saturday, September 16, 2023

A special edition on art theft--The Economist

The Economist
"...When it comes to art theft, the truth is usually much blander than fiction. 
A recent book told of how St├ęphane Breitwieser, working in broad daylight, managed to lift well over 200 items by targeting museums and auction houses with lax security. Recent reports from the British Museum suggest that an employee pilfered around 2,000 objects. 
With a collection of 8m items—many of which are not on display, nor catalogued—it took a while for people to notice that the odd gem or bracelet had gone walkabout.
Tales of stolen art are fascinating all the same, partly because a missing painting or sculpture can feel like an affront to the public good. 
The illicit trafficking of cultural artefacts is also a lucrative criminal enterprise...


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