Thursday, 13 November 2014

Museum Insiders Behind Massive $250M Turkish Art Heist

A report in the newspaper Hurriyet has revealed that museum staff participated in a $250 million art heist of 302 works in their own institution between 2005 and 2009. The organized crime scheme replaced paintings with fake replicas, selling the original ones to businessmen. When the Turkish Cultural Ministry examined the Ankara collection they found that 302 objects were stolen, which included 46 objects and paintings that have been replaced with forged replicas, including 13 charcoal sketches by artist Hacı Ali Rıza.
Source: Laura C. Mallonee, 'Museum Insiders Behind Massive $250M Turkish Art Heist' Hyperallergic November 12, 2014 

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