Many people do not care about the existence of historical objects that are full of historical values. But for those who love antiques, it is not uncommon to spend a lot of money to buy it.
The high price of antique and historic goods lure thieves in the hope that they can get a big profit. Launching TheRichest.com page, Monday (11/21/2016), here are five of the most expensive historical objects in the world that were stolen:
The Cellini Salt Cellar
A place for salt and pepper for the aristocrats of ancient times was not enough just to use ordinary ingredients. The Cellini Salt Cellar is a place for salt and pepper which Benvenuto Cellini created for the King of France in the 1500s.
Unfortunately, this 15-inch salt bed was stolen in 2003 when it was exhibited at a museum in Vienna, Austria. Luckily the police immediately arrested the thief and managed to secure evidence which was estimated to cost around the US $ 57 million to the US $ 65 million.
“The Concert” painting
Johannes Vermeer is a Dutch painter who is famous for his carefulness in making a painting that uses expensive colors and good lighting in each of his works.
He created “The Concert” in 1664 which was discovered in 1892 and exhibited at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
In 1990, a man disguised as police broke into the museum and stole several historical paintings, one of which was Vermeer’s “The Concert,” which is now valued at the US $ 300 million.
The Empire State Building
The 102-story building was completed in 1931 and became its icon in the land of Uncle Sam. although stealing a building sounds impossible, with technological sophistication everything can be done.
The New York Daily News created a fake company called Nelots Properties, LLC and used counterfeit documents that had been signed by fake notaries who then “legally” transferred the name to The Empire State Building.
Luckily only a few days after the theft was revealed and the ownership of the building valued at the US $ 2 billion and has returned to its original place.
Pablo Picasso is a very talented painter with a variety of beautiful paintings and very expensive. Not only is it interesting to ask a collector, but it also makes robbers want to steal it.
A man broke into The Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2013. He plans to steal 5 paintings by Picasso including one of the famous “The Pigeon with Green Peas” and all of them worth more than the US $ 123 million.
Four paintings were successfully captured, and the thief was also arrested, but “The Pigeon with The Green Peas” has never been found until now.
The Mona Lisa
Leonardo Da Vinci’s legendary painting was completed between 1503-1506. The King of France acquired this painting, and since 1797 it has been displayed at the Louvre Museum, Paris.
In 1911 the Mona Lisa disappeared due to being stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia who worked as an employee at the museum.
Two years later, the Mona Lisa was discovered and returned to the Louvre Museum. At that time, the picture of a woman with an expression full of puzzles was worth the US $ 100 million. Now the estimated value is more than the US $ 2 billion.