The Mona Lisa
Ever heard of it? The answer is most likely yes, considering it is the most famous painting in the world. The criminal, Vicenzo Perugia, was a handyman working at the Louvre, where the painting is displayed. In 1911, he hid in a closet until the museum closed and then took off with it with two other handymen. It was finally recovered and returned to the Louvre in 1913 after Perugia attempted to sell it to an art dealer in Italy. This painting tops the list of the most expensive things ever stolen with a price tag of at least $2 billion.
The Empire State Building
No, the Empire State Building wasn’t actually picked up and stolen, but the property was. In December of 2008, the New York Daily News stole the $1.89 billion dollar building by filing fake paperwork with the city to transfer the deed to the property. The journalists did it to prove that there was a loophole in the law when it came to the city’s way of recording transactions. The newspaper returned the building to its rightful owner and the law was tightened up.
The Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius
The Stradivarius is a $3.5 million violin that was stolen from the famous concert violinist Erica Morini. The violin was made in 1727 by Antonio Stradivari and was stolen from Morini’s apartment in New York City. At the time, Morini was 91 and she died shortly after her prized possession was stolen. The violin still hasn’t been found and is on the FBI’s top ten art crimes list.