Die spektakulärsten Kunstdiebstähle der Welt
First day of sale: 13.01.2016
Nora and Stefan Koldehoff
„Aktenzeichen Kunst: Die Spektakulärsten Kunstdiebstähle der Welt"/
"Artnapping Reference File Art:: The most spectacular art robberies of the world"
100 b/w illustrations
16,5 x 24,5 cm (hb)
- The Italian house painter diguised as a workman, who liberated the “Mona Lisa” to bring her back into Leonardo’s homeland. Two years later the invaluable painting is discovered underneath a hotel bed in Florence.
- The successful coup of a gang of thieves, who takes 30 van Goghs in Amsterdam out of the museum, but then gets caught by the police as their car breaks down.
- Unknown persons climb with a ladder onto the heavily surveyed and electronically secured roof of the van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, smash a window, catch two van Gogh paintings, worth millions of dollars, and disappear quick enough not to be caught by the police who arrives minutes later at the scene. Until today the paintings have not been found.
- Two thieves, disguised as tourists threaten the guard at the Scottish country estate of the Earl of Buccleuch with a knife and disappear with a Leonardo-Madonna in a white VW-Golf. The police considers the gang of the some years ago killed “Robin Hood of Ireland”, Martin Cahill, responsible for the robbery.
- The Martisse painting which was exchanged against a bad copy in the Museum of Caras, but still its dissapearnce was only discovered years later, a Picasso-painting that unknown steal from the yacht of a Saudi millionaire: the background of the most spectacular art robberies is as thrilling as the acts themselves.
According to Interpol estimates about 45.000 artworks are being stolen world wide each year - a booming business. Art robbery is next to kidnapping and drug dealing the most lucrative criminal offence. Not only the crazy collector, who hides the adored van Gogh in his cellar, but internationally acting gangs play a role in these cases between moneylaundry, drug dealing and blackmailing of museums and insurances, which – although officially always denied – rather pay a finder’s reward than the full value of the painting. The insights into this mostly unknown criminal world with first hand background information with interviews with art-thieves, police-agents and victims makes this book to a thrilling crime story with the effect of a reality-series – don’t forget: all this really did happen!
Stefan Koldehoff follows the question of the motives, gives a typology of the methods and names the most popular locations for burglary. A chronology of art robbery from 1900 until today and an index make this exciting title to the reference book for art robbery.
Rights sold to: Taiwan (how do publishing)
Stefan Koldehoff (*1967 in Wuppertal) studierte Kunstgeschichte, Germanistik und Politikwissenschaft. Er arbeitete als freier Autor für die ›FAZ‹, die ›taz‹ und den WDR. Von 1998 bis 2001 war er Redakteur und zuletzt stellvertretender Chefredakteur des Kunstmagazins ›art‹ in Hamburg. Heute arbeitet er als Kulturredakteur beim Deutschlandfunk in Köln.