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Forgeries, fakes, fencing, and felony - all are pervasive problems in the world of art, where the stakes are high, the networks wide, and the consequences profound. In recent years, suspicious acquisitions, unreliable provenances, and shady dealers have found their way into the headlines, as museums and private collections have been confronted with everything from fake pieces to stolen antiquities to plain old theft and vandalism.
Crimes of the Art World captures the full scope of this staggeringly lucrative field of criminal conduct, showing how its impact reaches well beyond the walls of the museum. Filled with compelling stories of crimes uncovered, this volume looks at case after case of theft, forgeries, fakes, and illicit trafficking, as well as the political/religious victimization of art, white collar art crime, and vandalism.
Crimes of the Art World examines each type of crime in terms of frequency, losses, and characteristics of victims and criminals. A concluding chapter focuses on preventive measures, art crime investigation, and security issues