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Photograph of and link to Monk" "Monk"
carved polychrome wood
18th century
110 x 50 cms
Photograph of and link to "Caravaca Cross"

Sculpture
"Caravaca Cross"
carved polychrome wood with golden elements
18th century
100 x 60 cms

Photograph of and link to "Angel Face 1"

Sculpture
"Angel Face I"
carved polychrome wood with gold leaf
18th century
15 x 65 x 15 cms

Photograph of and link to Pieter Brueghel the Younger
"A Farmer and Six Geese" Pieter Brueghel the Younger
"A Farmer and Six Geese"
Photograph of and link to Elvis Presley's Stolen Jewelry Stolen Elvis Jewelry
Photograph of and link to Leonardo da Vinci's "Madonna of the Yarnwinder"
Leonardo da Vinci
"Madonna of the Yarnwinder"
 
Photograph of and link to Georgia O'Keeffe's "Special No. 21"
Georgia O'Keeffe
"Special No. 21"
Photograph of and link to  Fernand Leger's "La Boite a Chapeau  Polychrome"
Fernand Leger
"La Boite à Chapeau Polychrome"
Photograph of and link to Benvenuto Cellini's "Saliera"

Benvenuto Cellini
"Saliera"

Photograph of Mayan Anthropomorphic Jade Figurine
Mayan Anthropomorphic
Jade Figurine
Photograph of and link to San Felipe Sultepec Catholic Church
"La Virgen de Tecuaque"
San Felipe Sultepec Catholic Church
"La Virgen de Tecuaque"

 

 

Spotlight
Photograph of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch Photograph of "Madonna" by Edvard Munch
On Sunday, August 22, 2004, two paintings by Edvard Munch, "The Scream" and "Madonna," were stolen during an armed robbery of a museum in Oslo, Norway. The thieves used a stolen getaway car to escape the scene of the crime. The vehicle was found abandoned nearby and the frames of the paintings were found not far from the museum.

The Case of the Master Forger Scam
Hijinks in the World Of Art

This is a collage of artwork Graphic link to  "Palaste (Palace)" by Paul Klee Graphic link to "Jeune Fille a la Guitare" by Marie Laurencin Graphic link to  "Les Maries au Bouquet de Fleurs" by Marc Chagall Graphic link to "L 'Enlevement de Ganymede" by  Gustave Moreau Graphic link to "Jeune Femme S'Essuyant" by Auguste Renoir Graphic link to  "Vase de Fleurs (Lilas)" by Paul Gauguin Graphic link to  "La Nappe Mauve" by Marc Chagall Graphic link to "Le Roi David dans le Paysage Vert" by Marc Chagall

It took big money, patience, and a wide streak of criminality to pull off.

Here's one example of the scheme:

1990: Buy the authentic Marc Chagall La Nappe Mauve for $312,000.
1993: Have it copied by an expert forger and sell the forgery for $514,000.
1998: Sell the authentic work of art for $340,000.
GAIN OVER 8 YEARS: $854,000.

Here's another:

1996: Buy the authentic Gustave Moreau L'Enlevement de Ganymede for $285,000.
1997: Have it copied by an expert forger and sell the forgery for a $55,000 loss– price tag $229,000.
1999: Sell the authentic work of art for a bigger loss–$170,000.
GAIN OVER 3 YEARS: $399,000

And these are just two examples in a much wider scam charged in the criminal complaint. Other paintings include Chagall's Les Marie au Bouquet de Fleurs and Le Roi David Dans le Paysage Vert; Marie Laurencin's Jeune Fille a la Mandolin; Paul Gaugin's Vase de Fleurs (Lilas); Paul Klee's Palaste; and Pierre Auguste Renoir's Jeune Femme S'Essuyant all pictured.

These are the allegations against a well known New York art dealer, arrested yesterday and charged with 2 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of mail fraud.

The case continues...and we need your help. Please view the following Paintings and Prints and call the FBI's Brooklyn-Queens Office at 718-286-7100 if you have any information about their whereabouts or ownerships:

Stolen property depicted in the Art Theft Notices may have since been recovered and returned to its rightful owner. Contact the FBI to confirm the status of stolen art information. 
 


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