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The Great Chinese Art Heist Remains Unsolved

A series of heists occurred in different European cities between 2010 and 2015, with the only connection being that the stolen items were all Chinese artworks and treasures.

It all began in 2010 when a group of thieves took advantage of the authorities’ attention being focused on burning cars in Stockholm, Sweden, to steal Chinese antiques from the Chinese Pavilion at the Swedish royal residence. A month later, various items were stolen from the China Collection at the KODE Museum in Bergen, Norway.

The Oriental Museum at Durham University in England was the next target, followed by a museum at Cambridge University. In 2013, the KODE Museum was hit again, with 22 more Chinese relics stolen. Two years later, the Chinese Museum of the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Paris was robbed, with many of the stolen items being objects that French soldiers had taken during the sack of Beijing’s Old Summer Palace in 1860. Among the stolen goods were porcelain vases and a mandala made of gold, turquoise, and coral.

Even after these high-profile robberies, more similar heists took place in Europe, with Chinese items looted by foreign armies many years ago being the primary targets. However, despite investigations, the perpetrators of these crimes remain at large, and the mystery surrounding the Great Chinese Art Heist remains unsolved.

Experts suggest that the demand for Chinese antiquities in the black market and the high prices they command could be the motivation behind these heists. Some believe that the heists may be a part of a larger campaign to repatriate lost Chinese artifacts. The mystery surrounding these robberies and their perpetrators remains a topic of interest and speculation among art enthusiasts and investigators alike.


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