One of my favorite programs on TV is called “Leverage and is about a team that helps the less fortunate. The primary character is Nate Ford. As stated on the Leverage website, “He is a former insurance investigator and is well-versed in the techniques thieves and grifters use, and he puts those skills to use through the complex schemes he and his team use. He is talented at playing characters and inserting himself into any situation.” So what does this have to do with art and art investment? Well there is a true life character that is doing just this very thing. His name is Robert Wittman. Read about him in this article: Missing ‘Priceless’ Artwork? Call Robert Wittman.
A self-portrait by Rembrandt, valued at $36 million, was taken from the Swedish National Museum in 2000. Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, went undercover — as an authenticator for an Eastern European mob group — to recover it. He has coauthored a book, five Norman Rockwell paintings and Geronimo’s eagle feather war bonnet. He is the co-author of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures, which chronicles his adventures. Sounds like good summer reading.