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Michael Finkel on the World’s Most Prolific Art Thief

Renee Bright

Between 1995 and 2001, Stéphane Breitweiser stole 239 works of art from more than 100 museums around Europe. He never sold a single one.

Breitweiser didn’t steal to make money; instead, he thought of himself as a genuine art lover, slowly building up his own private collection. He stashed everything at his unwitting mother’s house, but eventually hubris got the better of him, and he was caught returning to the scene of a theft. It’s then that the story gets even stranger. Find out what happens and join us for our conversation with journalist Michael Finkel as he tells us about the story of the art thief Stéphane Breitweiser.


  • Michael Finkel | Journalist and author of “The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime and a Dangerous Obsession” 

Airdate: Friday, June 30, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 11 a.m.

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