I’ve never understood most art. Some pieces are deemed more expensive than others, although I honestly can’t say that I like expensive art over more “regular” art. How these prices are determined, no one really knows.
One factor that has been in fact proven to greatly impact the worth of a piece of art, is whether or not – and I’m not making this up – it has been stolen at some point or another. Most of the stolen pieces of art get found and then put on display in huge museums, or they get bought and become part of someone’s private collection.
Sometimes, however, a piece of art gets stolen and is never found. Imagine the price increase if you’d happen to find this piece after ten, twenty or maybe a hundred years go by. I doubt even your grandchildren would have to spend a single day of their lives working. Anyway, let’s take a look at some of these mysteriously disappeared works of art that could make you filthy rich if you happen to find them.
“View of the Sea at Scheveningen” and “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen” – Van Gogh
I know these are two paintings, but they were stolen in the same heist in 2002. Combined worth of the paintings is approximately € 30 million, and the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam currently offers a € 100.000 reward for information. Seems a bit cheap, doesn’t it?
8 Fabergé Eggs
Initially a collection of 52 pieces, these were owned by the Russian Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II. In 1918 the Czar palace was plundered, and the eggs were confiscated and split up. Eight eggs are still missing, each being worth over a million dollars.
“Charing Cross Bridge, London” – Monet
This painting was stolen in October 2012. One of the men convicted for the theft claimed that he burnt the painting in his mother’s stove, but no solid evidence was found to prove his claim. The painting is still listed as missing.