Next up, we explore the complicated world of art thievery. Although these crimes often make headlines when the stolen work is a multi-million-dollar masterpiece lifted from a major institution, thieves are more successful when they target a lesser-known work in the hands of a private collector. According to the FBI, art theft is a billion-dollar industry, with tens of thousands of works going missing each year. We take a look at the facts and figures. And we discuss the many ways a museum heist can go wrong
: think a politically-minded criminal stealing a painting in pursuit of world peace.
This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes and Editorial Associate Abigail Cain. It was produced by Joe Sykes.
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