The Art Of The Steal: Inside The National Museum Heist

On December 22, 2000, three individuals entered the Swedish National Museum at gunpoint and stole three paintings, two by Renoir, and one my Rembrandt. The thieves delayed the arrival of law enforcement by detonating car bombs and made their escape via speedboat. The total value of the heist was $42 million.

Retired FBI Special Agent Robert Wittman provides a glimpse into the world of art and property crime. He shares the story of his undercover mission to recover the stolen art.

During his time in the FBI, Robert played a key role in the creation of the Bureau’s Art Crime Team. He is now the President of Robert Wittman Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to helping galleries, museums, and properly protect their cultural assets. He details thrilling stories that defined his illustrious career in his memoir, Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.

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