tomflynn: When is a ransom not a ransom? Why, when its “a fee for information leading to recovery”, of course!
One senses that National Portrait Gallery director and former Tate employee Sandy Nairne might have been wiser to leave the case of the stolen Turner paintings alone instead of writing a book about it. The two pictures (
), stolen from the Kunsthalle Schirn in 1994, were eventually recovered in a shady deal engineered by the Tate with a little help from its friends on both sides of the ethical divide.
But this is semantics. Everyone knows that a ransom was paid. It’s just that neither Sandy Nairne, nor Nicholas Serota, or anyone else involved in the case, could possibly step up and admit that. It would be tantamount to encouraging further art thefts. And yet that’s the exact outcome of the whole affair. Gangsters from Oldham to Odessa will have looked at that deal and thought “Yes, art theft DOES pay after all.”
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