Mid-market art stolen from Europe often lands in U.S.

  • February 18, 2010 11:42

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For a twenty-year period, Robert Wittman, former head honcho of the FBI's art theft unit, recovered $225 million dollars worth of artwork, as well as cultural artifacts such as a Bill of Rights copy, which were stolen from private collectors and museums. He now runs his own consulting firm, offering advice on how to secure art collections.

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.

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