Robert Wittman, the de facto head of the FBI’s art theft program from 1988 until 2008, has tracked down stolen Goyas, a Rembrandt, and five Norman Rockwells, among many other multi-million dollar artworks.
Art and antiques originating in theft hotspots like Europe, South America, and China are often headed to the U.S., he says. Those that would sell for $50,000 legitimately, but might bring $5,000 when stolen, are the most at-risk for robbery.
Wittman now runs his own consulting firm, offering advice on how to secure art collections. He also gives lectures.