3 of the Most Daring Art Heists Ever!

3 of the Most Daring Art Heists Ever!

Pulling off a successful art heist requires creative, clever, and uncanny klepto skills.

The risks are high – damage to art, market deficiency, restitution fees, criminal prosecution, jail time, angry underground bosses – but the reward of a million dollar price tag is just too sweet to resist. Stealing art has fascinated and continues to lure hard-skinned folks to these fabulous rewards. Some professional art syndicates are after the lucrative price tags while amateurs are just into by the glamour and adventure of art heist.

Because of the ever present threat of burglars, galleries, museums and other art exhibitors ensure that their art pieces are secured and safeguarded before, during and after the exhibition. It’s not surprising for them to hire reliable security as well as logistics services like this http://ita-logistic.eu/services/groupage/ for transporting pricey art pieces.

However, no matter how scrupulous security plans are laid out, some art burglars are still able to stage daring acts. Here let’s take a look at 5 of the most popular, headline worthy art heists in art history.

1. The Louvre, Paris, 1911

Thought to be among the most guarded and secured repositories of priceless art pieces, the Louvre has been a silent witness to the theft of the Mona Lisa. And it was a simple inside job carefully executed by Vincenzo Peruggia. The man casually walked out the building with the Mona Lisa stashed beneath his coat. He held possession of the infamous painting for two years before handing it back to the museum.

 

2. Swedish National Museum, Sweden, 2000

Swedish criminals staged a dramatic sequence of events that ultimately led to the theft of thirty million dollar-worth art pieces: Self Portrait Renoir, Rembrandt, Young Parisian and Conversation with a Gardner. The criminals staged two car explosions near the museum. It was enough for them to walk calmly into the museum, armed with heavy firearms, and stealing their target pieces.

 

3. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 1990

This daring art heist is like what we commonly see in movies: two policemen arrives at the museum and claims to be responding into an emergency. Shortly after entering the premises, the supposed policemen turns rogue and hand cuffs the security guards. The heist is the biggest in American history. It still remains unresolved with painting by Manet, Rembrandt and Vermeer still to be recovered.

 

4. Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland, 2003

A very bold and crazy burglary plot turns successful. The eventual thieves – a tandem – discreetly joined a public tour around the Duke of Buccleuch’s royal house. The two men overpowered the guide, giving them free access to the million-dollar-worth piece – Madonna with the Yarnwider by Leonardo da Vinci. Up to this day, this piece is still missing.

Surely, art is a lucrative industry but stealing art is even more lucrative. Keeping the art pieces safe through the show is a tough job that entails proper planning. If you’re into art collection or art exhibition, always remember that it’s not enough that you hire a good international freight service provider like the ITA Logistics EU. You have to have a solid safety and security plans.

What You Should Know About Super Ted

What You Should Know About Super Ted

After a 30 year break from television, that enigmatic, stuffed toy, superhero SuperTed is making a comeback. What was it about this wonderful little teddy bear that endeared him to readers and watchers alike? How was it, that an ordinary teddy bear, a toy shop production line reject, suddenly became the all-powerful superhero that captivated kids with his adventures, both on Earth and in space.

The Creation

SuperTed’s creator was a guy named Mike Young. He originally created the character for his son who was afraid of the dark and found it difficult to go to sleep. From this simple beginning, about 100 books were written.

Who or What is He?

A toy factory rejected the teddy bear as it came off the production line. It was defective and thrown onto the rubbish dump. But like something from the Terminator movie, a strange creature from outer space, going by the obvious name of Spotty, finds the discarded teddy. Luckily, Spotty comes from
a far more advanced race than humans and has in his possession a supposedly legal substance called ‘Cosmic Dust,’ which he sprinkles on the teddy bear to bring it to life.

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My Top Favorite Superhero Shows from the 80s

My Top Favorite Superhero Shows from the 80s

Lіkе jаzz, соmіс bооkѕ аnd ѕuреrhеrо shows are a whоllу Amеrісаn аrt fоrm. Alѕо, lіkе jаzz, it іѕ аn аrt fоrm that has bееn undеrаррrесіаtеd. Aѕ a rеѕult оf thе рорulаrіtу оf superhero fіlmѕ lіkе the Dаrk Knіght, Irоn Man аnd the X-Men, superheroes have bеgun tо еntеr іntо thе аwаrеnеѕѕ оf the gеnеrаl public. The following іѕ a lіѕt оf the bеѕt ѕuреrhеrоеѕ thаt comic books have to оffеr and which were also popular shows in the 80’s without CGI.

SupermanSuperman: The fіrѕt, and іn mу оріnіоn, the best. All ѕuреr-hеrоеѕ ѕtеm from еіthеr Bаtmаn оr Suреrmаn аnd wіthоut Superman thеrе would bе nо Bаtmаn.

Fоr thоѕе who dоn’t like Suреrmаn bесаuѕе they саn’t relate to him then thеу аrе mіѕѕіng thе point. Suреrmаn іѕ a соnсерt that is mеаnt to inspire. He іѕ not ѕuрроѕеd tо bе “оnе оf uѕ.” Hе іѕ a ѕtrаngе visitor frоm аnоthеr planet thаt is ѕuрроѕеd tо gіvе us hоре thаt one day wе tоо саn be “supermen”.

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Meet the 5 Most Famous Teddy Bear Characters Of All Time

Winnie The PoohFor someone who loves SuperTed, he probably is the best fictional teddy bear character in the world.

But aside from SuperTed, there are many other awesome teddy bear characters that have made big names in films.

And quite interestingly, these teddy bears appeal not just to kids but also to adults. I’m talking about how Seth MacFarlane transformed this cute cuddly toy into transgressive, raunchy creature – by the way, the movie did great at the box office. These furry childhood friends are just irresistible!

Here are some lucky teddy bears that have leapt to stardom and the immortality of film.

  1. Winnie the Pooh

One of the most popular bear characters of all time, Winnie the Pooh has leapt from book into comics into animated series and into full feature film. English author A.A. Milne wrote the first Winnie the Pooh book in 1926 which was followed by three more editions. Kids of different generations have grown to love Winnie and his bunch of friends.

I’ve grown up reading Winnie the Pooh books and comics as well as watching cartoons. I could fondly remember a hilarious scene where Winnie and his friends were playing a horrible music on a piano. I guess it would have helped if they had used the latest digital pianos that you could see here.

  1. Lots-O’Huggin’ Bear

The main antagonist in the Toy Story 3 movie, Lots-O’ Huggin’ Bear makes the life of Buzz and his fellow toys miserable. Lots-O’ is not really that bad. He just suffered quite a traumatic ‘toy life’ that has hardened his heart. Lotso is easily the most terrible villain in all of the Toy Story franchise. He’s even more savage than the two other main villains.

  1. Paddington BearPaddington Bear

We first see Paddington Bear in the book series authored by Michael Bond and first published in 1958. Since then this polite and friendly anthropomorphic creation has been out-classing its peers. It has published more than twenty books and has been translated in different language. His story features funny and hilarious adventures. Paddington Bear is a classic character in English literature and continues to enchant children. His most recent show is the 2014 full feature film, which was also well-received in the box office.

  1. The Care Bears

A lot of kids have grown up to love Care Bears cartoon series and toys. This group of multi-colored bear characters lives in the futuristic world with some nice fight scenes. Quite interestingly, the Care Bears were originally introduced in greeting cards in 1981. They have been reinvented to become cuddly toys, then TV characters, and movie characters.

  1. Fozzie Bear

Well, he is a bear after all. Fozzie Bear may not look like a bear at first sight but this anthropomorphic character is really a bear. He is easily one of the most memorable characters in the Muppet Movie and he proves this popularity again as he is included in the revival ensemble of the musical. Fozzie Bear is the show’s stand-up comic – only that he lacks that comedic flair, always ending as the target of ridicule after his jokes.

All these characters have to give credit to their forebears, SuperTed included, for their celebrity status. So, the next time you see these cuddly childhood friends, remember these high-profile teddy bear stars, who proved they are more than just toys!