Fake and fortune
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.