Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Thomas Crown Affair

What do the Mona Lisa, the Scream, and a gold box by Bill Reid have in common?

They have all been stolen (and, with the exception of this last, returned).

The Scream has been stolen twice, once in 1994, and once in 2004, when it was held for ransom.

In 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen by Italian workman Vincenzo Peruggia. "Annoyed by how many Italian works were in the French collection, Peruggia took the Mona Lisa from the wall of the Louvre while he was alone in the room and walked out with it under his smock.

It was missing for two years - but the French public queued in their thousands to see the blank space on the wall and the Mona Lisa's fame was guaranteed."

Now there is a bullet-proof casing surrounding the artwork, preventing other walk-by pilferings.

On Saturday, May 24th, 2 million dollars worth of artwork was stolen from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Most notably stolen were several pieces in gold made by renown native artist Bill Reid, maker of this:

(NOTE: this was NOT stolen)

Though the Thomas Crown Affair is highly fictional, there are elements that are not.

In the still pending case of the missing gold pieces from the Museum of Anthropology, INTERPOL has been called to provide assistance. The FBI also has its own "Art Crime Team" consisting of "12 special agents." Don't believe me? check it out here They even have their own sweet badge:


"Frieze! or I'l shoot!"

"He was caught using a semi-monochromatic"

Fine I'l stop with the art-cop jokes.

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