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2004's Most Wanted Art

  • November 30, 2004 New York, USA: A painting by Theodore Chasseriau, was stolen from a Mahattan art gallery.  See WNBC  Reward $50,000.

  • October 28, 2004 Berlin, Germany: A painting by Jan Brughel and other pieces were stolen from the home of an auction house owner. In German see Berlin police.

  • October 27, 2004 Gingins, Switzerland:  Glass artworks by Emile Galle were stolen from the Neumann Foundation See Vaud Police.  Reward 400,000 Swiss Franc

  • August 21, 2004 Oslo, Norway: RECOVERED 8/31/06 Two works by Edvard Munch "Madonna" and "Scream" were stolen from the Munch Museet.  See INTERPOL.

  • July 31, 2004 Rome, Italy:  Ten paintings were stolen from Santo Spirito Hospital including Giovanni de Lanfranco's "Testa di Vecchio", Cavalier D'Arpino's "Flagellazione", Luigi Garzi's "Bautismo de Cristo", and Il Parmigianio's (aka Francesco Mazzola) "Sacra Famiglia".  In Spanish see El Mundo.

  • May 28, 2004 Stockholm, Sweden:  Four artworks were stolen in a residential burglary. The haul included paintings by Leger "Nature Morte Blue Rouge", Gris "Mandolin on Table", Zorn "Fröknarna Josefin och Ida Rudbeck på Edsberg" and a Picasso print.

  • May 20, 2004 Paris, France: RECOVERED 4/8/05 A Painting by Pablo Picasso "Nature morte a la Charlotte" was stolen from the conservation labs of the Pompidou Center. see INTERPOL

  • April 25, 2004 Los Angeles Ca (USA): RECOVERED 5/18/04 A rare cello by Antonio Stradivarius (1684) "The General Kyd" was stolen.  A $50,000 reward has been offered for the return of this fine musical instrument.

  • April 18, 2004 Hertogenbosch, Netherlands: A small work by Pieter Brueghel the Younger "A Farmer and Six Geese" was stolen; for details see AXA Art Insurance. Reward 30,000 Euro

  • April 1, 2004 The Island of Malta:  RECOVERED 4/27/04 Twelve paintings including a work by Caravaggio were stolen from a private residence.

  • January 20, 2004 Toronto, Canada:  RECOVERED 1/31/04 Five small (palm sized) ivory sculptures by David Le Marchand (English, 1674-1726) were stolen from the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). 

2003's Most Wanted Art

  • December 17, 2003 Santa Fe, NM (USA): A Georgia O'Keefe painting "Pablo Duro Canyon Landscape" (Special # 21) was lifted from the New Mexico State Fine Arts Museum.

  • August 27, 2003 Scotland, UK: RECOVERED Leonardo Da Vinci's "Madonna with Infant Holding a Yarnwinder" was lifted by thieves from the Duke of Buccleuch's Drumlanrig Castle.  For details see the FBI  Reward £1,000,000

  • May 11, 2003 Vienna, Austria: RECOVERED 1/21/06 Cellini's golden salt cellar "Saliera" was stolen from Vienna's Art History Museum. For details see BMI or FBI: Reward 70,000 Euro

  • April 27, 2003 Manchester, UK:  RECOVERED 4/28/03 Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Picasso were briefly taken from the Whitmore Art Gallery. see BBC

  • April 11, 2003 Baghdad, Iraq:  The National Museum was looted!  An extraordinary collection of near eastern artifacts was stolen.  For information see The Lost Treasures From Iraq

  • March 20, 2003 Ghent, Belgium:  Fifty icons were stolen from a gallery.

  • January 2003 Caracas Venezuela:  A Matisse painting "Odalisque in Red Pants" in the Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum was discovered to be a forgery.  The original painting had been on tour several years ago but the painting currently in the museum's possession is a fake.

2002's Most Wanted Art

  • December 29, 2002 Naples Florida, USA: RECOVERED 2/12/03 Two impressionist paintings by Monet and Renoir were stolen from a private beachfront home.

  • October 24, 2002 France: Paintings by Renoir, Marquet, and two by Degas were stolen according to the French Police.(navigation required)

  • September 29, 2002 County Wicklow, Ireland: RECOVERED 12/10/02 Thieves stole five valuable paintings by the artists Rubens, Van Ostedt, Van Ruysdale, & Van de Velde.

  • September 20, 2002 Medillen, Colombia: RECOVERED 10/8/02 Two Fernando Botero paintings were stolen from a museum.

  • July 30, 2002 Asuncion, Paraguay: RECOVERED Thieves tunneled their way into the National Fine Arts Museum and stole paintings by Courbert, Tintoretto, Murillo, Piot and an unknown Italian artist.  (In Spanish w/ pictures see BBC)

  • July 29, 2002 West Hollywood, CA USA: Two Maxfield Parrish mural panels were stolen.

  • July 3, 2002 Johannesburg, South Aftica: "St Thomas" by the El Greco studio was taken from the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

  • May 9, 2002 Île-de-France, France: RECOVERED 11/4/03 Works by Cezanne, Dufy, Freisz, and others were stolen as published by Gazette-Drouot.

  • April 20, 2002 Berlin, Germany: RECOVERED 5/18/02 Break in at the Brückemuseum resulting in the loss of nine German expressionist paintings by Heckel, Nolde, Kirchner & Pechstein. For an article  in English see BBC; for pictures of the stolen works see Berlin Polizei.

  • March 25, 2002 Haarlem, Netherlands: RECOVERED 9/16/08 Theft at the Frans Hals Museum.  The five stolen paintings including works by Jan Steen, Adriaan van Ostade, Cornelis Bega, and Cornelis Dusart see BBC

2001's Most Wanted Art

Other 20th century art thefts (listings in French) see link

For more information see our Stolen Art Directory.

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