ArtInfo has an interesting little piece on art crimes and how they affect the market. The strangest form of art crime has to be stealing sculpture for scrap metal. Like the 2 ton Reclining Nude by Henry Moore that was stolen from the Henry Moore Foundation in 2005. As scrap metal it would have made £3,000 or $5,800, but it was insured for £2 million.
They list the top four art crimes as Vandalism, Forgery/Deception, Art Theft, and Antiquities Looting.
I think buying art posters should be a crime too as there’s just too many artists out there with rooms filled with cheap original art. Or at least buy prints signed by the artist!
Four major art crimes and how they affect the market
“Today, the largest victim of art crime is the art trade. This multi-billion-dollar legitimate industry is victimized to the tune of a conservatively estimated $6 billion per year, most of which goes into the pockets of organized crime.” ArtInfo