Fake and for­tune

Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD ARTS -

What cases of art crime have had the most im­pact on you, per­son­ally?

I went to Bos­nia when I was writ­ing my book as there’s so much go­ing on con­cern­ing geno­cide, and cul­tural prop­erty de­struc­tion in the ar­eas of con­flict. Spend­ing time re­search­ing and be­ing able to write about it in the book was re­ally im­por­tant to me.

There’s so much writ­ten about the Nazis and the huge cul­tural prop­erty theft, which is fas­ci­nat­ing, but look­ing at cases that are more re­cent and see­ing what im­pact they have on a na­tion and so­ci­ety makes for a re­ally emo­tional con­nec­tion. I would like to do more work around that.

…and what about his­tor­i­cally?

You can’t re­ally beat Ver­meer and [Han] van Meegeren for an art heist story, can you? It’s a film wait­ing to hap­pen…

It re­ally does give you an in­sight into how crazy these cases can get; they’re so high pro­file, so quick. This par­tic­u­lar one is il­lus­tra­tive of the char­ac­ters that can be in­volved in art crime, and the twists and turns that of­ten fol­low, that it re­ally is one of my favourites.

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