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Sean Connery and Catherine Zet-Jones Douglas are at it again...

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by delorean, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. delorean

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    Whenever stuff like this happens it's always rumoured to be stolen to order.

    What private collector would touch them though? To quote the pawn shop owner in Trading Places (1983), "burns my fingers man. that things so hot it's smokin'..."

    So in essence, why do these people bother to go to all the trouble of stealing such famous works when they can't do anything with them once they have them anyway!

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  2. greenbrucelee
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    Thats a crap film, but yeah why do they steal stuff they can't sell.
     
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  3. sunn

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    Are you kidding?
    On the black market these will sell! There are rich collectors that want it, so there's a price. If nothing else, these guys (thieves) just made a name for themselves. Now let's see if they get caught - that would be sweet (big heist = little freedom). :twisted:
     
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    maybe but it'll probably get found out eventually.
     
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    Folks - fine art is almost always stolen for blackmail or insurance purposes. It's well known in law enforcement circles that artworks are stolen either to extort money from the owners or as insurance for other thefts/crimes.
     
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    I can understand to a point about extortion and insurance reasons, but I cannot see why there is a private collectors market to buy these. No collector could have them in their home for long until it was traced to them, could they?

    I can't imagine anyone would steal the Mona Lisa for example for a private collector. When art reaches that level of fame, no collector in the world would want it would they? You'd almost certainly be found out.
     
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    How would anyone know if it is part of a private collection? Its not like they are going to hang it in their livingroom over the mantel. That they took 4 high profile paintings like that, makes you wonder if they didn't already have a buyer before the job was even planed.
     
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  8. sunn

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    It's possible the thieves were contracted by someone (or group) that wanted the art (i.e. private collector; extortionist). So it won't be shopped in the open market, it's already sold. As for how to keep it in a private collection; think about how many people could afford it. There are a lot anonymous rich people. How many of their homes have we been to (probably not many)? So in essence it would be easy to go undetected.
     

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