Art & Crime: The fight against looters, forgers, and fraudsters in the high-stakes art world

by: Stefan Koldehoff (0)

A thrilling, eye-popping look at true crime in the billion-dollar art world.

The art world is one of the most secretive of global businesses, and the list of its crimes runs long and deep. Today, with prices in the hundreds of millions for individual artworks, and billionaires' collections among the most conspicuous and liquid of their assets, crime is more rampant than ever in this largely unregulated universe. Increased prices and globalization have introduced new levels of fraud and malfeasance into the art world--everything from "artnapping," in which an artwork is held hostage and only returned for a ransom, to forgery and tax fraud. However, the extent of the economic and cultural damage that results from criminality in the global art scene rarely comes to light. The stories of high-stakes, brazen art crimes told by art experts Stefan Koldehoff and Tobias Timm are by turns thrilling, disturbing, and unbelievable (the imagination for using art to commit crimes seems boundless). The authors also provide a well-founded analysis of what needs to change in the art market and at museums.
     From the authors of
False Pictures, Real Money (about the Beltracchi art forgery case), Art and Crime includes a chapter on art owned by Donald Trump. It is a thoroughly researched, explosive, and highly topical book that uncovers the extraordinary and multifarious thefts of art and cultural objects around the world.

The Reviews

Incredible! First the book is not 416 pages long; it is only 283! Was this an honest mistake or an outright lie? Either way it was inexcusable! Secondly, there is no index! How is that possible? All very disappointing. I would love the authors and/publisher to respond.

A random collection of poorly researched articles & anecdotes. The authors displayed a heavy handed bias about the art market and favored discredited reports on the scope of antiquities smuggling.

I wanted to enjoy this book, but couldn't. It reads like a high-school text book. Many stories provided are opinion pieces and not factual. ...and why the authors had do delve into politics, I don't understand. I don't read art and culture books to get an authors political viewpoint and their overzealous hatred towards a politician.The authors also refer to paintings as "pictures", which seems odd....very annoying.

Art & Crime: The fight against looters, forgers, and fraudsters in the high-stakes art world
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