The oil painting "Waft of mist" by Caspar David Friedrich was stolen on July 28, 1994 in Frankfurt Schirn Kunsthalle and has resurfaced in August 2003.
Description of the painting "Waft of mist" by Caspar David Friedrich
The art theft of Caspar David Friedrich "Waft of mist"
Three men stayed after the closing in the Kunsthalle Schirn on the night of July 28, 1994 and overpowered at night a security guard. Then they took the three paintings from the wall and disappeared together with at least 50 million D-Mark valuable works of art. A few days later, two thieves are taken at the scene thanks to fingerprints. However, enter the residence of the paintings not cheap. 1999, they were sentenced to prison terms of eight and eleven years.
Insurance to pay for the loss of the stolen paintings from the Frankfurt Schirn
A year after the spectacular robbery continued the Frankfurt police undercover agents who received as a buyer with a negotiator Stevos contact. But the deal failed: The Negotiator doubled surprisingly, the required sum shortly before the handover. As Stevo was finally adopted as the mastermind of the Schirner art theft, there was not enough evidence for an arrest. The case was closed and the insurance paid the loss of the paintings in the museums: 24 million pounds was the Tate Gallery for the two stolen paintings by Turner of Hiscox Insurance Group paid, and 3.4 million D-Mark paid the AXA insurance to Hamburg Kunsthalle for the stolen painting of Frederick.
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The further hearing Liebrucks with the Yugoslav mafia came to a halt now, because Stevo got convicted as cold feet. In autumn 2002 Liebrucks was contacted by two men who claimed to have the two still missing paintings. They were open for business. Apparently the men acted on their own without informing her boss Stevo. The Tate Gallery in London bought with the help of Liebrucks now the second painting "Light and Colour" by Turner for two million D-Mark back.
Liebrucks received the invested money back for the two Turner paintings from the Tate. In December 2002, the work of art was back in the hands of the London Museum. For the Tate Gallery there was another lucky: They agreed to a special arrangement over 8 million pounds, which enabled them in the event of a recovery of the stolen Turner paintings to keep the already paid amount insured with Hiscox Insurance. Thus "earned" the Tate Gallery a profit of about 15 million pounds (net of finder's fee to Liebrucks) with which they financed their new extension. For the Museum of London, the Odyssey of the stolen Turner paintings was completed, but not for the Kunsthalle Hamburg yet.
Caspar David Friedrich, Brazil and the Hamburger Kunsthalle
Liebrucks agreed with the two fences a total of only 250,000 euros for the work of Frederick - the value is higher by a multiple. It seems as if the fence just yet get rid of the painting. It came to the successful handover of the painting "fog", which was presented by Liebrucks at the Kunsthalle Hamburg in August 2003.
He demanded of the Liebrucks again pre-stretched money back now. However, the Kunsthalle Hamburg refused surprising to pay the sum, since Liebrucks common cause could have made with the receivers of stolen goods. So it was in 2005 for a process, the lovers jerk won a year later. In addition to the pre-stretched 250,000 euros he received additional 20,000 euros for the successful replacement of the painting "fog" by Caspar David Friedrich.
Since the Kunsthalle Hamburg has no special arrangements made with the Axa insurance, she had to repay the amount paid insurance sum of 3.4 million D-Mark. To make matters worse missing 1.6 million euros in the museum ticket, so the had to help out the Museum of Work, the Helms-Museum and the Museum of Ethnology with my own money.
Source and related Links:
1994: Spectacular art theft of paintings borrowed from the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
The art theft at the Kunsthalle Schirn in 1994
FAZ, 04.11.2005: A new chapter to the great art theft from the Schirn
FAZ, 08/06/2008: As painted, everything stays in the fog
The Independent, 17/07/2011: The stolen Turners, the serbian underworld, and a 24 million pound insurance job
Frankfurt Story: Art theft at the Schirn
Frankfurt Press, 06.01.2013: Painted hostages - How the Tate Gallery again got their pictures
Questions and Answers Grey on the Tate Gallery's Turner Recovered