The most bizarre art heists in the world

After most art crimes, museums can only watch and weep. In the case of a Sao Paulo Museum theft last December, for example, thieves simply dodged the unarmed 24-hour patrolling guards (who were changing shift), ran past a few blurry security cameras (which did not have infrared) and quietly walked out into the street (there was no museum alarm) with US$55 million in paintings. It was soon revealed that the two paintings were uninsured. At an uncomfortable press conference following the theft, the museum’s Eduardo Cosomano said: “Alarms and motion sensors have never been part of our security system. Obviously we will have to rethink this now. None of our works of art, including the two stolen paintings are insured. It is not financially viable.” To read the full story by Andy click on images above


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