FBI Top Ten Art Crimes: #9

#9: Van Mieris’ A Cavalier

Van_Mieris_A_CavalierA Cavalier by Van Mieris’


A decade has past since this 11 x 16 self portrait of the Dutch Master Frans Van Mieris was stolen from an art gallery in Sidney, Australia. 6,000 people visited the gallery on that fateful day in 2007, but one of them had ill intentions.

The small painting had been screwed to the wall in such a manner that it makes police wonder if it could have been an inside job. That is still undetermined a decade later.

The self portrait was painted on wood between 1657 and 1659 and it is estimated at just over a million dollars.

Tips can be submitted through the FBI’s website HERE.


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Synova Cantrell is a true crime writer, fiction writer, and children’s book author. As a freelance journalist, her works could be seen online at ehow.com, livestrong.com/lifestyle, hubpages.com, and amykitchenerfdn.org and in five regional publications. Deeply concerned with illiteracy in America’s youth, Synova took her children’s book The Sleepy Little Sun and spoke in schools state-wide about the importance of reading. As a motivational speaker, Synova has encouraged fellow writers at local conferences, presided over a local writers’ guild, and spoke at writing workshops. For more information of her many projects log on to www.synovaink.com

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