I was not surprised to find out that 90% of all art theft involves somebody on the inside of the museum. After all if the technology all works then some sort of human failing is all that is left.
The ALR is now the world’s largest private database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectables. Its range of services includes item registration, search and recovery services to collectors, the art trade, insurers and worldwide law enforcement agencies. These services are efficiently delivered by employing state of the art IT technology and a team of specially trained professional art historians.
Highlights of this excellent and improving record have been:
- Paul Cezanne Still life with Fruit and a Jug Stolen 1978 Recovered 1999
- Edouard Manet Still life with Peaches Stolen 1977 Recovered 1997
- Pablo Picasso Woman in white reading a Book Stolen 1940 Recovered 2005
These are links to articles commenting ion the theft
- Jonathan Jones / Guardian: The Paris art theft has robbed us of some truly great paintings
- Paris art theft: Experts puzzle over motives of 'unusual heist'
- Bloomberg - Picasso, Matisse Paintings Stolen From Paris Museum (Update4)
- BBC Hunt for modern art theft