Miami Is a Hub for Stolen Art and Artifacts

09 Sep 2014 1:13 PM | Anonymous

Miami Is a Hub for Stolen Art and Artifacts


Two summers ago, Miami was the stage for one of the strangest FBI sting operations on record. On July 17, 2012, undercover agents set up a clandestine deal in a pricey South Beach hotel room. With hidden cameras recording his every move, an unwitting suspect carefully removed the much-coveted object from inside a cardboard tube. Then the cops kicked down the door.

But the illicit good wasn't an assault rifle or a brick of Colombian yeyo. It was a stolen painting.

The recovery in Miami of Henri Matisse's Odalisque in Red Pants undefined described in our September 4 feature, "Vanishing Point" undefined was no fluke, however. Miami may still be maturing as an international cultural capital, but it's long been a black-market boomtown. Dozens of near-priceless pieces of art or antiquities have mysteriously surfaced in Miami, only to be seized by authorities.

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