Tag Archives: Thieves

Mayor on library art: ‘You can’t just misplace a print worth $600G’

“Mayor Martin J. Walsh today said he believes that two rare works of art worth hundreds of thousands of dollars are most likely not lost within the vast collection of the Boston Public Library, a week after officials disclosed they had begun a frenzied search. “From all indications, it’s not at the library,” Walsh said. “If it was there, I think they would have found it by now.” Library employees discovered the two works — a 1504 engraving by Albrecht Durer worth $600,000 and a 1634 Rembrandt etching worth between $20,000 and $30,000 — had vanished in April. The FBI is assisting Boston police with the investigation, which became public last week.” (via Boston Herald)

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Getting Away With History

“A thief who steals rare books and manuscripts is a specter haunting our libraries. And unlike graduate students, researchers, and others who hope to gain from the scholarship libraries make available, the thief aims to profit from the money that irreplaceable pieces of cultural history can bring on the market. Those who steal rare material from libraries commit a different kind of larceny than their bank-robbing counterparts: The items they take have both monetary and cultural value. This sentiment was noted by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who presided over the case of book thief Daniel Spiegelman, when he said Spiegelman had “deprived a generation of scholars and students of the irreplaceable raw materials by which they seek to discern the lessons of the past.” (via ITI)

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Library, pawn shop battle over stolen movies

“If Clermont County residents go into the Union Township library looking for the latest season of “Breaking Bad” or “How I Met Your Mother,” there’s a good chance they won’t find it. Not because the library doesn’t carry those titles, but because 23 percent of the branch’s DVD and Blu-ray Disc collection were stolen. “We’re talking roughly 200 (items),” said Adam Baker, Clermont County Public Library communications manager. The report filed with the Union Township Police Department shows 185 DVDs worth $6,500 were stolen.” (via Lancaster Eagle Gazette)

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New York Public Library fighting to retrieve baseball artifacts stolen by thieves and sold online

“Here’s a New York mystery for the books. Baseball artifacts stolen 40 years ago from the main branch of the New York Public Library are popping up online, and the FBI appears as stumped as a grade-schooler deciphering the Dewey Decimal System. The library is missing several hundred relics donated by baseball magnate Albert Spalding’s widow in 1921 — including a $50,000 photo of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, ancient baseball cards and letters to and from one of baseball’s founding fathers, Harry Wright.” (via NYPOST.com)

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National Library of Sweden to Recover Stolen Books

“A chance request in 2004 for a 19th-century German book about the Mississippi River was what alerted the National Library of Sweden that dozens of rare books from its collection had been stolen. Now that volume and another valuable antique book that contains early maps of America have been recovered and are being returned to library officials at a ceremony on Wednesday at the office of the United States Attorney in Manhattan.” (via NYTimes.com)

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