I have a soft spot for art heist movies. Any time I can find The Thomas Crown Affair, any of the Ocean’s films, To Catch a Thief, or even Entrapment, I’m compelled to watch. And why not? Art theft is a romanticized, real-life thing that happens, and costs collectors and museums millions in losses. It also looks kinda sexy.
While the movies make it look cool, in reality, art theft is a regular criminal enterprise, with most pieces never getting recovered, and criminals never getting caught. But it’s still incredibly fascinating.
These are some of the notorious thefts in history.