The Art World’s Very Own Indiana Jones

Dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the Art World,” Dutch detective Arthur Brand has just recovered a stolen Picasso painting worth $28.2 million. Like the storyline of a heist movie, the 1938 painting Buste de Femme (Dora Maar)—depicting one of the artist’s mistresses—was stolen in 1999 from “a Saudi sheikh’s yacht on the French Riviera.” Brand (who spent four years on the hunt) says the painting was …

Famous Art Heists Gone Wrong

In an article as fascinating as it is funny, authors Abigail Cain and Isaac Kaplan highlight eight major art theft failures while referencing many more. The tales, even the most grandiose ones, all feature a comedy of errors or simple lack of oversight. From too-small getaway cars and flat tires to ambitious ransom notes and incompetent support staffs, there’s some glamour here but a lot …