The FBI recently released their "Top Ten Art Crimes" to the public. Paintings on the list include the ever famous "The Scream" as well as Van Gough's "View of the Sea at Scheveningen."
It is sad to learn that most stolen art is never recovered. The FBI estimates that only about 5% is ever recovered and returned to its original owner. It is also sad to hear that the United States is at the top of the list for the most sales of stolen art in the world. This is due partly in fact to the lack of regulation on the Art Market. It is not always the black market sales of pieces, but sales to private collectors or through large auction agencies which go unnoticed.
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