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The Carnival Heist – Rio De Janeiro (Feb, 2006)
While Brazilians danced in the streets and partied, four well-armed gunmen broke into the Chacara do Ceu museum. It was a scene right out of Hollywood. They forced the employees to disconnect the alarm system, mugged a few tourists, and danced out into the Carnival with four paintings worth $20 million.
Here is a listing of the stolen artworks:
- Claude Monet, 1880-1890, Marine
- Pablo Picasso, 1956, Dance
- Salvador Dali, 1929, Two Balconies
- Henri Matisse, 1905, Luxembourg Garden
The thieves also stole a book by Pablo Picasso titled, “Toros.” Eleven years have past and the FBI is still searching for these items. If you have any information please contact your local FBI office.
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#9: Van Mieris’ A Cavalier
A 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.
#10: Stolen Renoir
Madeleine Leaning On Her Elbow With Flowers In Her Hair by: Renoir
Picture courtesy of wikiart.org
September 8, 2011 a quiet Houston home was invaded by a desperate criminal wielding a semi-automatic weapon. After slipping through an unlocked gate, the perpetrator broke into the home around 10pm. Fearing for the safety of the child asleep upstairs, the homeowner quickly pointed out the Renoir.
“That’s the most expensive thing I own,” she said in a panic. Taking her on her word, the masked gunman tore the framed painting from the wall before making his getaway. The Houston PD was immediately called out, and the case eventually landed on Sergeant Bedingfield’s desk. Even after twenty years of criminal investigations, Bedingfield found himself a little out of his league. A priceless Renoir painting wouldn’t show up at a local pawn shop. He calls in the FBI and Robert Wittman takes the case.
Wittman specialized in art crimes and helped establish the FBI Art Crime Team. Together they have spent nearly six years following every lead.
These cases aren’t like the movies portray. The thief wasn’t a hired thug under the employment of some secret art connoisseur. The Renoir isn’t being shipped through a network of underground criminals, and it most definitely not hanging in the office of some super rich criminal mastermind. More likely, the priceless artwork is hidden in the thief’s garage.
After London created the Art Loss Register, thieves have found it difficult to sell their stolen goods. The more it’s worth, the harder it is to unload. Madeleine Leaning On Her Elbow With Flowers In Her Hair by Renoir was added to London’s list and also comes in at #10 on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Art Crimes.
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FBI TOP 10 ART CRIMES – July 2017
10: Renoir Oil Painting – stolen during home invasion in Houston, TX
9: Van Mieris’ A Cavalier – stolen from a gallery in Sidney, Australia
8: Theft from the Museu Chacara Do Céu – 4 works of art stolen from museum in Rio De Janeiro
7: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals – stolen from gallery in West Hollywood, California
6: Cezanne’s View of Auvers-sur-Oise – stolen from Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England
5: Van Gogh Museum Robbery – Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam **ART RECOVERED**
4: Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius – stolen from the New York City apartment
3: Caravaggio’s Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco – stolen from Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Italy
2: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist – 13 works of art stolen from museum in Boston
1: Iraqi Looted and Stolen Artifacts – stolen from Baghdad Museum