Theft of works of art is a popular crime. Typically, masterpieces are stolen in order to:
further resale (mainly this does not apply to masterpieces, since they are difficult to resell).
get a ransom from a museum, state or insurance company (artning).
under the order for “black collectors”.
Mona Lisa. Leonardo da Vinci
Theft of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.
On August 21, 1911, the painting was stolen by an employee of the Louvre, the Italian master of mirrors Vincenzo Perugia.
A year earlier, the director of the Louvre, Theofil Omol (who had resigned shortly after the theft), stated that the assassination of Mona Lisa was just as likely as an attempt to steal the bells of Notre Dame.
The purpose of this abduction is not clear. Perhaps Perugia wanted to return the “Mona Lisa” to its historical Continue reading