FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes: #3 Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence

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The Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence is believed to be painted in 1609. While it’s date of origin is disputable, it’s creator is not. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was on the run for his life after murdering a man over a debt. This is believed to be one of is last paintings and is highly valuable.

In October 1969, two thieves entered the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Italy and removed the Caravaggio Nativity from its frame. Experts estimate its value at $20 million.

Two thieves entered the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo in October 1969 and cut the $20 million painting from it’s frame. Although there are plenty of rumors of Mafia involvement, the case remains unsolved and the priceless piece of Baroque art is still missing. A replica hangs in the Oratory where the original once stood.

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Photo credits:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/nativity-with-san-lorenzo-and-san-francesco

 

 

FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes: #4 Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius

 

This crime is most heartbreaking. While one of the world’s greatest violinists lay dying in October, 1995, a cruel thief slipped a hidden key from it’s discreet location and unlocked the closet door where Erica Morini, 91, kept her most treasured possession; a Davidoff Stradivarius estimated to be worth more than $3.5 million. The violin was made in 1727 by the famous Antonio Stradivari.

If you have any information about this missing item please call

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Photo credit:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/theft-of-the-davidoff-morini-stradivarius

 

FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes: #5 Van Gogh Museum Robbery – ARTWORK RECOVERED

Van Gogh, View of the Sea at ScheveningenTwo Van Gogh paintings were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in December, 2002. Two very determined thieves cut a hole in the roof of the museum to gain access to the building. Two of Van Gogh’s paintings were taken; The Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen. Officials estimate the combined value at $30 million.

While the thieves were quickly caught and arrested a year later, the paintings weren’t recovered until September, 2016.

Photo credits:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/van-gogh-museum-robbery

 

 

 

FBI’s Top 10 ART Crimes:#6 Cezanne’s View of Auvers-sur-Oise

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As Oxford, England celebrated the new millennium with fireworks, a thief broke into the Ashmolean Museum and stole the View of Auvers-sur-Oise by Cezanne. This landscape painting is worth approximately £3 million.

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Photo credit:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/theft-of-cezannes-view-of-auvers-sur-oise

 

 

 

FBI Top 10 ART Crimes: #7 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals 3A & 3B were created by Maxfield Parrish in 1916. They are part of a set of four wall panels originally commissioned by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney for her home in New York.

By July, 2002 the murals were on display in a museum in West Hollywood, California. On the weekend of the 27th and 28th someone bore a hole through the roof and stole the two panels. The two missing panels are priced at $2.5 million a piece, but without the entire collection the price is drastically diminished.

If you have any information please call 1-800-CALLFBI

Photo credit:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/theft-of-gertrude-vanderbilt-whitney-murals

 

 

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