By Robert E. Spiel

ISBN-10: 0398070393

ISBN-13: 9780398070397

The target of this distinctive guide is to arm legal investigators with instruments and guns which are appropriate and potent opposed to paintings robbery and forgery. the writer, with over 25 years' event within the paintings robbery research box, offers entire options, suggestions, and ideas to aid dimish the extent of frustration skilled by means of legal investigators required to address the starting to be quantity and value of paintings crimes. The constitution of the guide is easy and direct. the 1st half publications the reader within the use of the textual content and introduces the paintings global atmosphere. the second one half discusses the investigator's interplay with the sufferer, together with interviewing, crime scene research, and choosing and constructing suspects. half 3 offers with offenders and covers such themes as paintings robbery equipment, forgery innovations, tools of distribution, and investigative countermeasures. the ultimate part offers a entire assessment of ideas and recoveries, together with chapters on felony guns, coverage and rewards, using specialists, common and variable touch team classifications, item announcements, artwork felony picture albums, informant improvement, undercover equipment, unidentified sufferers, and restoration and seizure of stolen or pretend artwork. moreover, the publication is complemented by means of an in depth word list and bibliographic assets. This really exact guide is meant to operate at an intensely functional point and is meant for either examine and rapid reference.

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To some extent, Rembrandts and Picassos are valued by the square inch. Of course, objects of massive size are less attractive, because they are more difficult to display. Also, there are some collectibles of small size, The $83 million dollar Van Gogh "Portrait of Dr. Gachet," is the most expensive known collector's object of any kind to the date of this publication. This painting was sold at auction for that amount in 1990. Values drop considerably from that summit, even for comparable Van Goghs.

Sometimes stolen art takes the form of collateral for a bank loan to finance a drug purchase. Sometimes it is recovered in a drug raid by accident. We are also noticing that it sometimes gets legitimately purchased by major drug dealers or their associates, which was never known to happen in the past. There have been several theories about why this linkage between stolen art and drug trafficking has come into being, including the old theory about wealthy gangsters desiring respectability, but I am not yet completely satisfied that we can completely explain this new phenomenon.

Some appraisals can be more accurate than others, and some owners would never part with certain objects at any price, but that does not mean that at least a theoretical price and a definite price limit cannot be established. Historical Significance Is the object connected with an event of historical importance, other than the subject it might depict? For example, was the painting carried aboard the Mayflower? Condition Is the object undamaged? Rule of Thumb for Pictures A painting is likely to be about five times as valuable as a drawing and about 10 times as valuable as a limited edition print by the same artist.

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