The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing MasterpieceHarperCollins e-books #ad - In the predawn hours of a gloomy february day in 1994, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo and made off with one of the world's most famous paintings, Edvard Munch's Scream. But most compelling of all is charley hill himself, foolhardiness, a complicated mix of brilliance, and charm whose hunt for a purloined treasure would either cap an illustrious career or be the fiasco that would haunt him forever.
Baffled and humiliated, half american undercover cop named Charley Hill, the Norwegian police turned to the one man they believed could help: a half English, the world's greatest art detective. The rescue artist is a rollicking narrative that carries readers deep inside the art underworld -- and introduces them to a large and colorful cast of titled aristocrats, intrepid investigators, and thick-necked thugs.
The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece #ad - It was a brazen crime committed while the whole world was watching the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern ArtPenguin Books #ad - Drewe managed to infiltrate the archives of the upper echelons of the British art world in order to fake the provenance of Myatt's forged pieces, hoping to irrevocably legitimize the fakes while effectively rewriting art history. Chief among those was the struggling artist John Myatt, a vulnerable single father who was manipulated by Drewe into becoming a prolific art forger.
And the sacred archives, undermined by John Drewe, remain tainted to this day. The story stretches from london to paris to New York, from tony Manhattan art galleries to the esteemed Giacometti and Dubuffet associations, to the archives at the Tate Gallery. But this is most certainly not fiction; Provenance is the meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forgery.
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art #ad - Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller, filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace. Many of these fakes are still out in the world, considered genuine and hung prominently in private houses, large galleries, and prestigious museums. This enormous swindle resulted in the introduction of at least two hundred forged paintings, some of them breathtakingly good and most of them selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Investigative reporters laney salisbury and Aly Sujo brilliantly recount the tale of a great con man and unforgettable villain, John Drewe, and his sometimes unwitting accomplices. Once myatt had painted the pieces, the real fraud began. A tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries-many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections todayProvenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history.
The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art WorldSt. Martin's Press #ad - The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate. For some, it's an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe. Amore's the art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons.
They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked.
The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World #ad - Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. Anthony M. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason.
Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art HeistsSt. Martin's Press #ad - And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted. In stealing rembrandts, art security expert Anthony M. Through thefts around the world - from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio - the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums. They also show how museums are thwarted in their ability to pursue the thieves - even going so far as to conduct investigations on their own, far away from the maddening crowd of police intervention, sparing no expense to save the priceless masterpieces.
There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century.
Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists #ad - Stealing rembrandts is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind look at the black market of art theft, and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures the world has ever known. A spellbinding journey into the high-stakes world of art theft Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually.
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen TreasuresBroadway Books #ad - Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, to catch art thieves, usually unarmed, Rio and Santa Fe, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, scammers, Miami and Madrid. In this page-turning memoir, wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king.
After all, who’s to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They're both priceless. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat.
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures #ad - The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes’ descendants was a slick, aristocratic con man. The museum janitor who made off with locks of George Washington's hair just wanted to make a few extra bucks, figuring no one would miss what he’d filched. In his final case, wittman called on every bit of knowledge and experience in his arsenal to take on his greatest challenge: working undercover to track the vicious criminals behind what might be the most audacious art theft of all.
Closer to home, he recovered an original copy of the Bill of Rights and cracked the scam that rocked the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. By the fbi’s accounting, Wittman saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities.
Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art ForgerPegasus Books #ad - It is the story, in detail, of how he pulled it all off. Glamorous stories of art-world scandal have always captured the public imagination. And that they did, routinely mesmerizing the experts in mere seconds. In the tradition of frank abagnale’s catch me if You Can, and certain to be a bombshell for the major international auction houses and galleries, here is the story of America’s greatest art forger.
The astonishing true story of america’s most accomplished art forger: a kid from New Jersey who became a master, fooling experts and eluding the FBI for thirty years. Ten years ago, an FBI investigation in conjunction with the U. S. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure.
Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger #ad - Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this book, Caveat Emptor, is Ken Perenyi’s confession. Caveat emptor is unique in that it is the first and only book by and about America’s first and only great art forger. Attorney’s office in the southern district of New York was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London.
After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, renowned experts, and the major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence collected. However, not since clifford irving’s 1969 bestselling Fake has there been a story at all like this one.
The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art TheftHarperCollins e-books #ad - A tantalizing whodunit” boston globe and a “riveting, wonderfully vivid account that takes you into the underworld of obsessed art detectives, and thieves” Jonathan Harr, con men, author of The Lost Painting, The Gardner Heist is true crime history at its most spellbinding. Boser cracks the cold case of the art world’s greatest unsolved mystery.
Vanity fair “the true story of the world’s largest unsolved art theft, ” the gardner heist by Ulrich Boser is a fascinating account of a brazen and amazing criminal act—a book that could help police and investigators solve the mystery of the 1990 break-in and burglary at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The Scientist and the Forger:Insights into the Scientific Detection of Forgery in PaintingsICP #ad - Over the last few decades there has been a disconcerting increase in the number of forged paintings. Written in an approachable and amenable style, art historians, the book will make fascinating reading for non-specialists, curators and scientists alike. The scientist has waged war on the forger. The scientist and the forger describes the cutting-edge and traditional weapons in this battle, showing how they have been applied to the most notorious cases.
The book also provides fresh insights into the psychology of both the viewer and the forger, shedding light on why the discovery that a work of art is a forgery makes us view it so differently and providing a gripping analysis of the myriad motivations behind the most egregious incursions into deception.
The Scientist and the Forger:Insights into the Scientific Detection of Forgery in Paintings #ad - The book concludes by discussing the pressing problems faced by the art world today, stressing the importance of using appropriate tools for a valid verdict on authenticity. In retaliation, there has been a rise in the use, efficiency and ability of scientific techniques to detect these forgeries.
The Art Detective: Adventures of an Antiques Roadshow AppraiserPenguin Books #ad - Peppered with practical advice, each chapter focuses on one particular painting and the mystery that surrounds it. The art world has never seemed quite so treacherous, everyone is searching garage sales and hunting online for hidden gems, so beguiling- and so much fun What separates a masterpiece from a piece of junk? Thanks to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and its American spin-off, wondering whether their attics contain trash or treasures.
Mould is known for his ability to crack the toughest puzzles and whether he's writing about a fake Norman Rockwell, a hidden Rembrandt, or a lost Gainsborough, he brings both the art and the adventure to life. In the art detective, one of the world's foremost authorities on british portraiture and an irreverent and delightful expert for the Roadshow, scholars, Philip Mould, serves up his secrets and his best stories, blending the technical details of art detection and restoration with juicy tales peopled by a range of eccentric collectors, forgers, and opportunists.
The Art Detective: Adventures of an Antiques Roadshow Appraiser #ad - Mould is our trusty detective, tracking down clues, uncovering human foibles and following hunches until the truth is revealed. The art detective is memoir, mystery, art history, and brilliant yarn all rolled into one.
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World WarVintage #ad - And the story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European culture and the Allies' desperate effort to preserve it. From the nazi purges of "degenerate art" and goering's shopping sprees in occupied Paris to the perilous journey of the Mona Lisa from Paris and the painstaking reclamation of the priceless treasures of liberated Italy, philistinism, The Rape of Europa is a sweeping narrative of greed, and heroism that combines superlative scholarship with a compelling drama.
The cast of characters includes hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. Winner of the national book Critics Circle AwardThe real story behind the major motion picture The Monuments Men.