A Real Life “Leverage”

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.

Rembrant Rescued

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.


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3 Responses to A Real Life “Leverage”

  1. Nate Ford says:

    No offense. He does a great thing by finding these lost artifacts but how is he anything like Nate Ford. He isnt helping the less fortunate. He is helping the already rich and powerful. How about the little guys, the real life less fortunate who are “really” being run over and run down by the rich and powerful. How about helping them. So sick of big companies trying to ruin peoples lives just because they know they can get away with it by using money. Yes. I am a victim of such a company and I can fight it because they have a lot more money and they will just use our wonderful legal system to run me into the ground till I have run out of money and cant fight anymore. It’s time for a real Team Leverage.

    • Rose says:

      I would have to agree with you. One of my favorite programs is Leverage. It was nice watching a bunch of thieves fighting for the less fortunate. I used to work in the financial industry, not as the big wig, but as one of the regular workers. I watched people conned into taking out mortgages that they could not afford, just to be foreclosed on the next year. No one cared about these families being put on the street. My sister was crashed into by a Comcast van, but they were able to get out of paying for the damages and medical bills, because she did not have the money to fight. Now she is on disability and they are still making money hand over fist.

      I did not intend to rattle on, but I agree, that whoever decided that this person was a real life Nate Ford, obviously has never watched the program and knows nothing of what the team stands for.

      • Robert says:

        I too was taken by a stock broker they used my IRA and bought junk stocks that alwas lost. This went on for many years untill I started to study and learn stocks by this time it was too late and I now have no extra retirement left.

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