Art investigators: Saving the country's cultural heritage, one recovered work at a time

24 Oct 2011 8:06 AM | Anonymous

Art investigators: Saving the country's cultural heritage, one recovered work at a time
Passion drives the overworked and underappreciated

Tricia Bishop, Baltimore Sun, 5:40 p.m. EDT, October 23, 2011


When Paul Brachfeld heard about the heist of historic documents in Baltimore this summer, the National Archives inspector general acted quickly.

First, he checked his records to see if the suspects undefined Barry Landau, a well-known collector, and his young friend, Jason Savedoff undefined had visited his facilities.

They had.

Next, he reached out to federal investigators and offered the services of his in-house investigative group.

The Archival Recovery Team undefined ART, for short undefined is now sorting through more than 10,000 items removed from Landau's Manhattan apartment. Their discoveries so far include treasures that trace back to Napoleon, Newton and Beethoven.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-history-thieves-20111007,0,443863,full.story

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