The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings

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Published on 9th February 2017 by

An hour long 2013 BBC production, Alistair Snookes investigates the murky world of art crime and details some of the most audacious heists in history. Art crime is an industry worth billions of pounds a year, and many of the crimes go unreported by the media as their owners don’t want to lose face. More often than not a stolen work of art will never be recovered, where they go is a mystery (although one would assume they go into a private collection somewhere).

Around 47000 works of art are reported missing each year, who are the organised gangs stealing this art and who then buys that art? Even the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world,  was once stolen from the Louvre gallery (watch: The Man Who Stole The Mona Lisa).

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