Unidentified Man Demands Ransom for Stolen Gustav Klimt

November 8th, 2015

Gustav Klimt Portrait of a Woman (detail), via ArtnetAn unidentified Italian man in Piacenza has contacted police, demanding €150,000 for the return of a Gustav Klimt work stolen in 1997.  While police declined the ransom, some local sources are considering raising the funds.  “It happens more and more,” says Belgian art expert Jacques Lust. “Not all details make it to the media, of course. If a case is solved there’s no mention of the amounts paid, nor of the works having been stolen. But there’s an increase in such cases.”

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