Rogues in the Gallery: The Modern Plague of Art Thefts

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Bitingduck Press LLC, 2003 - True Crime - 236 pages
""Rogues in the Gallery" exposes it all: the cozy insurance ransom racket, the professional gangs of art thieves, the specialists, the connections with the international drug racket and the Mafia. Hugh McLeave has researched the whys and wherefores of the question for years, drawing on resources available to him through agencies such as Interpol, the FBI, the French S ret, and Scotland Yard. "Rogues in the Gallery" is a lively and informed account of the causes and limited cures of this epidemic. It charts the classic outbreaks, portrays the rich gallery of protagonists, and defines what means there are to combat the disease. But even with sophisticated computers and Interpol, the total elimination of art theft is unlikely. As long as auction prices continue to rise and inflation devalues savings, the theft of precious objects will flourish. The lure of easy money is at the root. This is a serious book on an urgent problem, especially for those who collect art. For an author bio, photo, and a sample read visit bosonbooks.com "
 

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As with most Art theft books this book starts out chronologically with the theft of the Mona Lisa and proceeds to the present. Luckily for us the present when the book was written was 1981. So the ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Introduction
6
The Black Market in Masterpieces
9
Mona Lisa Goes Home
19
Wheres the Saints Navel?
28
A Drugged Dog Cézanne and the Honor of France
34
The Iron Duke a Broken Dream and a Failed Revolutionary 5 Sally and the Tycoons Standin
58
Madonna Among the Playboys
65
How a Dali Duped Dali and Other Artful Dodges 8 The Rubberboned Rembrandt Thief
80
Refusing the Racket and Risking the Loss 11 The Patience of Rodolfo Siviero
106
La Commedia DellArte
114
A Lamb in the Salt Mine 15 Anybody for 118 Stolen Picassos?
140
Special Prices for Artists
146
A Bruegel? No Its Mickey Mouse 18 A Noblewoman Tramp with a Murillo
167
The Worlds Biggest Museum Bibliography
175
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