List of notable art robberies

List of notable art robberies

The Associated Press
Monday, February 11, 2008

List of art heists:

_ February 2008: Armed robbers steal four paintings by Cezanne, Degas, van Gogh and Monet worth $163.2 million from the E.G. Buehrle Collection, a private museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

_ December 2007: Picasso painting valued at about $50 million, along with one by Brazilian artist Candido Portinari valued at $5 million to $6 million, are stolen from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil, by three burglars using a crowbar and a car jack. The paintings were later found.

_ February 2007: Two Picasso paintings, worth nearly $66 million, and a drawing are stolen from the Paris home of the artist’s granddaughter in an overnight heist. Police later recovered the art when the thieves tried to sell it.

_ February 2006: Around 300 museum-grade artifacts worth an estimated $142 million, including paintings, clocks and silver, are stolen from a 17th century manor house at Ramsbury in southern England, the largest property theft in British history.

_ February 2006: Four works of art and other objects, including paintings by Matisse, Picasso, Monet and Dali, are stolen from the Museu Chacara do Ceu in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by four armed men during a Carnival parade. Local media estimated the paintings’ worth at around $50 million.

_ August 2004: Two paintings by Edvard Munch, “The Scream” and “Madonna,” insured for $141 million, are stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, by three men during a daylight raid. The paintings were recovered nearly two years later.

_ August 2003: A $65 million da Vinci painting is stolen from Drumlanrig Castle in southern Scotland after two men join a public tour and overpower a guide. It was recovered four years later.

_ May 2003: A 16th century gold-plated “Saliera,” or salt cellar, by Florentine master Benvenuto Cellini, valued at $69.3 million, is stolen from Vienna’s Art History Museum by a single thief when guards ignored a burglar alarm. The figurine is later recovered.

_ December 2002: Two thieves break in through the roof of the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and steal two paintings by van Gogh valued at $30 million. The men are convicted a year later, but the paintings were not recovered.

_ October 1994: Seven Picasso paintings worth an estimated $44 million are stolen from a gallery in Zurich. They are recovered in 2000.

_ April 1991: Two masked armed men take 20 paintings — worth at least $10 million each at the time — from Amsterdam’s van Gogh Museum. The paintings are found in the getaway car less than an hour later.

_ March 1990: In the biggest art theft in U.S. history, $300 million in art, including works by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Manet, is stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston by two men in police uniforms.

_ December 1988: Thieves steal three paintings by van Gogh, with an estimated value of $72 million to $90 million, from the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in a remote section of the Netherlands. Police later recover all three paintings.

_ May 1986: A Vermeer painting, “Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid,” is among 18 paintings worth $40 million stolen from Russborough House in Blessington, Ireland. Some of the paintings are later recovered.