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Famous works of art that were destroyed by criminals

Works of art always attract attention. The creations of the great masters of the past, in addition to their beauty, also possess quite material attractiveness for the criminal world. Criminals often steal pictures hoping to cash in on them. However, when the danger of exposure is presented to the robbers, they may well destroy a brilliant creation, despite its artistic and historical value.

The Spanish painter was always eccentric, but he didn’t like to let people down without keeping his own promises. When he was invited in 1965 to address prisoners at Rikers Island Prison, located on the American island, Daly agreed. However, the disease made him refuse to speak.

As an excuse, he painted the picture of “Crucified Christ,” accompanying sending it to the island with specific instructions on where to place it. According to the orders of the master, his picture was supposed to hang exclusively on the wall in the dining room. And while she was at the place chosen by the artist, she was safe and sound.

However, in 1981 the prison authorities ordered to move the picture to the lobby. And in 2003 the “Crucified Christ” was lost forever. As it turned out later, Dali’s masterpiece, valued at 200 thousand dollars, was wondered by warden Mitchell Hohhauser. He with four accomplices organized a fire in the lobby, during which he replaced the original with a skillfully made copy.
Prisoners turned out to be more knowledgeable in art than guards assumed. The very next day after the substitution, one of the serving sentences informed the authorities about the substitution of the picture, seeing a copy in the place of the picture.

The criminals, fearing exposure, simply burned the picture. However, it did not save them from punishment.

No less sad fate befell the picture of Michelangelo Caravaggio. In 1969, the three-meter masterpiece, which was kept in the chapel in Palermo, disappeared without a trace. The investigation suggested that the theft was committed by representatives of the Sicilian Mafia. However, this version was confirmed only half a century after the theft.

In 2009, the former killer gave his consent to cooperate with the police. Then Gaspare Spatuzza, hoping to soften his punishment or ease his own conscience, spoke about the many crimes committed by Cosa Nostroy.

The story of the fate of the masterpiece of the Baroque master shook even ordinary people. The picture was transferred for storage in one of the family groups, and they did not find anything better than to hide it on the farm. There he was mercilessly gnawed by pigs and small rodents. Those who were entrusted with the storage of the masterpiece, simply burned the spoiled picture. The cost of the canvas, according to the latest expert estimates, was about twenty million dollars.

Fans of Caravaggio’s creativity hope that the words of the mafia are just an invention, and therefore they do not stop searching for the picture of the great artist.

Stefan Brightweather replenished his personal collection of art objects for 239 masterpieces, just taking out masterpieces from museums. At the same time, he committed his crimes absolutely brazenly, as if without fear of being caught. I just took a picture I liked from the wall, put it in my backpack and left. Or thrown out the window, and then picked up.

As a result, the criminal was detained, and the police were surprised to learn that not a single stolen item was sold, the robber just collected his personal collection. Since childhood, he loved art, but did not have the opportunity to compete at auction with the rich, who bought the masterpieces. In his gallery were paintings by Claude Monet, Bush, Watteau, Peter Bruegel Jr. and Quentin Maysys, as well as other works of art.

He easily confessed to crimes, but the loving mother did not want to put up with the fact that her son would be in prison, and tried to destroy the canvases and antiquities. She simply cut canvases with a knife, then dislodged them with ordinary household waste and brought them to the garbage.

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