What do Monuments Men, Indiana Jones and James Bond have in common? All of them face villains who, among other offenses, are guilty of stealing prized pieces of art and artifacts. And in a striking comparison to these heroic treasure hunt stories popularized by movies, there is a real-life group of detectives working within the U.S. government today to restore lost and stolen art: Meet the FBI Art Crime Team.
“You’re not going to do the same type of investigation that you would for a Monet as you would do for a Chevrolet,” former FBI senior investigator Robert Wittman, who founded the Art Crime Team, told “Power Players.”
During his 20 years with the FBI, Wittman retrieved more than $300 million in stolen art and cultural property from around the globe, ranging from paintings by Monet and Renoir to artifacts that included an original copy of the American Bill of Rights. Wittman now works as a private investigator in stolen art cases and recaps his action-packed career inRead More »from Modern day Monuments Men: FBI Art Crime Team founder talks about real-life treasure hunting