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FBI Investigates Theft of Andy Warhol’s Iconic Screen Prints of Campbell’s Soup Cans

Campbells_Soup_Cans_andy warholBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the theft of Andy Warhol’s screen prints of the iconic Campbell’s soup can from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.

Springfield Police said the break-in occurred last week, when the museum was exhibiting “The Electric Garden of Our Minds: British/American Pop,” WTOP reports. 

The 1968 screen prints are worth more than $30,000 each.

“I can’t believe that would happen,” local artist Pam RuBert said. “I mean, you think of Springfield as the kind of place that this doesn’t happen in. I guess it shows the value of art and that this can happen anywhere.”

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CIA Refuses to Discuss Large Art Collection inside Its Headquarters

CIA Headquarters

CIA Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA isn’t exactly open about its operations for obvious reasons.

But the intelligence agency has another secret – a large collection of art inside its headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

CNN reports that an Oregon artist has been trying to finding out what paintings are on the walls of the fortified building for seven years, but she hasn’t been able to get any answers.

“My interest in the project began in 2008,” 42-year-old Joby Barron told CNN via e-mail. “I came across a Taryn Simon photograph from her series ‘American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar.’ The photo was of two abstract paintings in the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. I was instantly intrigued — why did the CIA have these pieces? I wondered what other art they might have and if it was available to the public.”

What Barron knows is that an art-collected named Vincent Melzac offered to loan his collection to the CIA during secret discussions.

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FBI’s Art Crime Team Recovered Record Number of Stolen Items in Second Half of 2015

ArtCrimeTeamLogo1-300x280By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Art Crime Team reported a record number of art and cultural items were returned to their rightful owners in the second half of the year, Courthouse News Service reports. 

The New York-based Art Crime Team was created in 2004 and currently has 16 agents assigned to it.

Since then, the team has recovered more than 2,650 art and cultural items with a value of more than $150 million.

The team has been especially successful in the second half of this year, recovering items such as a Chilean tapestry stolen from a house in Chile and the “Bark Washington” painting that was stolen in 2001.

The FBI compiles a Stolen Art Database.

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Washington State to Remove Paintings by Inmate Who Killed 2 FBI Agents

fbi-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four pieces of art painted by a man in prison for murdering two FBI agents are being removed by a Washington state agency.

The Retired FBI Agents Association complained about the paintings, which are hanging near the front doors of the state Department of Labor and Industries’ headquarters in Tumwater, Washington, Capital Justice reports. 

Leonard Peltier, 71, a Native American activist, created the paintings while in prison for murdering two FBI agents during a standoff on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.

“He’s nothing but a thug,” said retired FBI agent Ray Lauer. “He’s an unrepentant cop killer.”

“For the state of Washington to use taxpayers’ dollars to basically offer a free art gallery to somebody who is a convicted cop killer, I find it, as a law enforcement officer, appalling and quite frankly disgusting as taxpayer also,” Lauer said.

The paintings were part of an exhibit to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month.

Another Bizarre Twist in 25-Year-Old Art Heist Involving Aging Gangster

Theft at Gardner Museum

Theft at Steward Gardner Museum.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The bizarre case involving the 25-year-old Steward Gardner Museum heist took another strange twist after disclosures in a federal court Wednesday that an aging Connecticut gangster lied when asked in the past whether he knew anything about the stolen paintings, the Hartford Courant reports. 

As a result, the FBI terminated its cooperation agreement with the Robert Gentile.

A polygraph administered to Gentile in the past showed that he likely lied when he denied knowing nothing about the robbery of 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas.

A polygraph administered to Gentile in the past showed that he likely lied when he denied knowing nothing about the robbery and when he said he received none of the paintings.

While the discovery explains why the FBI has doggedly pursued Gentile for years on the robbery, investigators still don’t know what happened to the paintings.

FBI Gets Tips on 25-Year-Old Art Heist in Boston After Release of Video

Theft at Gardner Museum

Theft at Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 25-year mystery surrounding the bold heist at the Stewart Gardner Museum may be getting closer to being solved after the FBI began investigating a “handful of tips,” The New York Daily News reports.

The tips come just days after the FBI released jumpy surveillance video of the museum 24 hours before the robbery of 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas.

One tip included the identity of a man seen leaving the museum the night before it was robbed.

The artwork is valued at $500 million.

Attorney George Burke said one of his clients identified the mystery man an antique dealer.

FBI Releases Video of Decades-Old Art Heist at Museum in Boston

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released a jumpy surveillance video in hopes of solving the decades-old art heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Authorities have been scratching their heads since two men, disguised as policemen, stole 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas, NBC News reports.

The FBI released the video to the public for the first time. It was recorded 24 hours before the theft and shows a car that matches the description of the one reported to be involved in the theft the following night. An unidentified man also is shown.

“We have engaged in an exhaustive re-examination of the original evidence in this case,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, “to ensure that all avenues have been explored in the continuing quest to recover these artworks.”

FBI Solves Boston’s Most Notorious Unsolved Crime After 25 Years

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Boston’s most notorious unsolved crime may finally have a resolution after the FBI said the two robbers were positively identified as being responsible for one of the largest art heists in the nation, Breitbart.com reports. 
The bold robbery occurred in 1990 at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and has perplexed investigators and art lovers since.
The suspects, George Reissfelder, 48, and Lenny DiMuzio, died within a year of committing the burglary.

The pair posed as uniform Boston cops and looted the museum for 81 minutes.
Here is a listing of the works stolen, according to the FBI:

Vermeer, The Concert
Rembrandt, A Lady and Gentleman in Black
Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Rembrandt, Self-Portrait
Govaert Flinck, Landscape with Obelisk
Manet, Chez Tortoni
Degas, La Sortie de Pesage
Degas, Cortege aux Environs de Florence
Degas, Program for an artistic soiree (1)
DegasProgram for an artistic soiree (2)
Degas, Three Mounted Jockeys
Chinese Beaker or Ku
Bronze Eagle Finial