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Famous Art Heists

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Famous
Art Heists


Doused in acid
Rock thrown, damage to elbow
Red spray paint
Teacup thrown
Damages
Hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris.
Fame was further emphasized when it was stolen on 21 August 1911.
Employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen it.
Peruggia was an Italian patriot who believed Leonardo's painting should be returned to Italy.
Kept the painting in his apartment for two years.
Attempted to sell it to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Peruggia was hailed for his patriotism in Italy and served six months in jail for the crime.
The Thief: Peruggia
The Crime
The Crime
On February 12, 1994, the same day as the opening of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, 4 men broke into the National Gallery and stole its version of Scream, leaving a note reading "Thanks for the poor security".
Another version of The Scream was stolen in 2004.
On August 22, during daylight hours, masked gunmen entered the Munch Museum in Oslo and stole two paintings: Scream and Munch's Madonna.
The paintings remained missing and it was rumored that they had been burned by the thieves to destroy evidence, but in 2006 Norwegian police announced that a police operation had recovered both The Scream and Madonna, but did not reveal detailed circumstances of the recovery.
On May 11, 2003, the Saliera was stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum
At the time was covered by a scaffolding due to construction work.
The Saliera was recovered on January 21, 2006 buried in a lead box in a forest near the town near Vienna, Austria.
The assumed thief, Robert Mang, had turned himself in after police released surveillance photos of the suspect which were recognized by acquaintances.
The Crime
Called the “Saliera” - Italian for salt cellar.
A gold table sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini.
Late Renaissance style.
Made of ivory and gold.
Portrays Neptune, god of the sea, and Ceres, goddess of the earth
Symbolizing their unity in producing salt mined from the earth.
A small vessel meant to hold salt is placed next to the male figure.
Referred to as the "Mona Lisa of Sculpture."
The sculpture is currently valued at $60 million dollars.
Cellini Salt Cellar
What is this?
Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci
The Scream, by Edvard Munch
Saliera, by Benvenuto Cellini
Cellini
Munch
da Vinci
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