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(ABC)   Dutch art museum now displaying Gauguin's "Girl who used to be in Front of Open Window"   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 9
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2012-10-17 11:14:53 AM
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Sell them? Please. The thieves have already been paid. This was a contract job.
2012-10-17 02:00:39 PM
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marsgwar: arcas: Uh... they managed to get away with $100 million worth of paintings. You can't put a positive spin on this.

It's less than $200 million.


They freed up some space for new exhibitions?
2012-10-17 01:15:19 PM
1 votes:
What, is Piss Christ not good enough for you plebes?.
2012-10-17 11:56:53 AM
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2012-10-17 11:32:40 AM
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groppet: pute kisses like a man: i remember listening to a very interesting interview on npr with a guy who works with the FBI for the investigation of stolen art and artifacts.

basically, he said that these art thieves have a tendency to be extremely talented thieves... but selling the art is near impossible. that was what shocked him. how brilliant they were as thieves, but how incompetent they were at actually making any money off the theft.

/ they will get caught when they try to sell or ransom the paintings. unless this is one of those rare commissioned thefts.

I was thinking te same thing. You see these briallant thefts and then they just screw the pooch afterwards. Unless they got a buyer lined up they are better off hanging them in their bathroom or giving them back. I know for a while drug lords would trade art for drugs because $20 million in art was easier to cart around than $20 million in cash.


There is ALWAYS an underground art market. They won't get 10% of what the art is worth on the open market, but when you are still talking millions of dollars for basically walking into a building and walking out, who cares?
2012-10-17 11:30:45 AM
1 votes:
Huh, so "Modern Security System" means you can walk in the back door and steal several paintings scott-free.

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2012-10-17 11:29:37 AM
1 votes:

groppet: pute kisses like a man: i remember listening to a very interesting interview on npr with a guy who works with the FBI for the investigation of stolen art and artifacts.

basically, he said that these art thieves have a tendency to be extremely talented thieves... but selling the art is near impossible. that was what shocked him. how brilliant they were as thieves, but how incompetent they were at actually making any money off the theft.

/ they will get caught when they try to sell or ransom the paintings. unless this is one of those rare commissioned thefts.

I was thinking te same thing. You see these briallant thefts and then they just screw the pooch afterwards. Unless they got a buyer lined up they are better off hanging them in their bathroom or giving them back. I know for a while drug lords would trade art for drugs because $20 million in art was easier to cart around than $20 million in cash.


If they have any brains at all, they'll just arrange a swap for a million or two to a Caymans account that will be forwarded to a Russian mob account and disappear from the banking system, and never be seen at all. Only the brainless would hold out for anything near the "real" value. For the insurance company, that'll still be a better deal than spending years searching for them or the possibility of them being destroyed and having to pay out completely.
2012-10-17 11:16:22 AM
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kobrakai: Sell them? Please. The thieves have already been paid. This was a contract job.


This
2012-10-17 11:09:52 AM
1 votes:
Reading they can't sell them but maybe could trade made me think of him being a refined thief that just wanted to decorate his apartment.
 
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