Got Expensive Artwork? Here Are 3 Famous Reasons Why You Need To Protect It From Theft

If you are like most people, you adore your paintings and other forms of artwork. You may have even set up some theft deterrent devices or alarms around your home to protect them. Thieves attempt to steal famous or expensive pieces on a regular basis. In fact, these three famous art-theft cases might make you want to do what you can to protect your artwork from theft even more.

The Theft of the Mona Lisa

Over 100 years ago, Vincenzo Peruggia proved that you don’t need special apparatuses to steal something famous. Peruggia was a handyman at the Louvre in Paris, France who felt that he would be a national hero if he returned the Mona Lisa to Italy, its country of origin. He also hoped that in returning the painting to Italy that he would earn some financial gain.

Peruggia hid in a closet one night after work. With some help unlocking the door from an unsuspecting plumber, he walked out of the Louvre with the painting under his smock. Authorities recovered the painting two years later, after his attempt to sell it flopped.

The Unsolved Break-In at the Gardner Museum

The defense attorney may have their work cut out for them when the two thieves, disguised as officers, who stormed the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in 1990 get apprehended. Although the case remains unsolved, Robert Gentile, who is an alleged mobster, was one of the prime suspects in 2012.

The pair of fake officers stole the “Storm on the Sea of Galilee” by Rembrandt, among many other famous pieces. There is $5 million dollar reward for tips that lead to the actual recovery of the artwork.

The Tale of “The Scream” at the Olympics

Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics, was also home to one of the greatest art thefts of all time. Two thieves who simply broke through a window stole Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.”

As the thieves left through the window, they left behind the wire cutters used to cut the painting from the wall, and the ladder used to reach the window. The pair did set off the alarm, and the surveillance camera captured their images. But the authorities did not discover the theft until a police officer who was driving by noticed the ladder.

Contact your security company if you acquire any artwork like that of Silverman Gallery that you feel might be worth a lot of money. Even though thieves may not have the opportunity to sell artwork without getting caught, history proves that they still try. Share this with anyone who has a love for art, and might need some additional insurance.

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