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Tuesday, November 15, 2005
  Top 10 FBI Art Thefts
The FBI have released a top 10 list of art crimes and are seeking the help of the public. They are a list of masterpieces from some of the biggest names in art. Here's a the list..
Caravaggio, Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco.
Estimated to be worth $20 million
Stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo, Palermo, in Italy in October 1969 by two thieves. and removed the Caravaggio Nativity from its frame.
Edvard Munch, The Scream.
Stolen in August 2004 from the Munch Museum by two masked gunmen during daylight hours.
Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee.
Stolen in March 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston by two men. The thieves removed works of art whose value has been estimated as high as $300 million, with the Rembrandt work being one of the more notable paintings.
Cellini, Salt Cellar
Estimated to be worth $55 million
Taken in May 2003 from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.
Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius Violin
Valued at $3 million
Taken from a New York apartment in October 1995.
Vincent van Gogh, View of the Sea at Scheveningen
Estimated value of $30 million
Taken from the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in December 2002. Thieves took two paintings by Vincent.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Madonna of the Yarnwinder
Painting is estimated to be worth $65 million
Taken from the Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland by two men during a guided tour of the castle in August 2003.
Statue of Entemena, Iraq
Priceless
Many priceless artifacts stolen from Iraqi institutions in 2003, including 7,000 to 10,000 items from the Iraq National Museum.
Renoir, Young Parisian and Rembrandt, Self Portrait
recovered in September
Paul Cezanne, View of Auvers-sur-Oise
Valued at $3 million
Taken from the Ashmolean Museum in England in 1999.
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BgArt News Blog Comments:
The 10 inch tall gold Benvenuto Cellini Renaissance sculpture that was one of the top 10 most wanted works of art by the FBI has been returned. The thief was an expert in alarms, which helped in the theft. He was also described as a "funny guy" that did not realize that he had taken a Renaissance masterpiece worth an estimated $60 million.
 
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