Vermeer's The Concert

Vermeer's The Concert

Friday, January 09, 2009

Stolen Art Watch, Homesick Cavalier !!


Remember this painting, above, stolen from the New South Wales Gallery, Sydney, Australia ???


Back-story: http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts/a-cavalier-frame-of-mind/2007/10/12/1191696171884.html?page=fullpage

Enquires continue into this Art Loss !!
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Art Hostage made enquires as to the status of the stolen Cavalier painting back in the summer of 2008.
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My findings were the Cavalier is now owned by the New South Wales Govt insurance arm and will not be returned to the NSW Gallery in Sydney if it is recovered.
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The New South Wales Gallery was paid out in full for the loss of the Cavalier and has since replaced it with other artworks.
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The man charged with recovering the stolen Cavalier is called Michael Maher, an ex-Sydney cop who now runs his own company.
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Art Hostage enquired if there was any reward offered or if there would be monies paid if Art Hostage took on the recovery of the stolen Cavalier.
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Michael Maher replied in no uncertain terms there was no reward offered and no money for expenses.
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Seems Michael Maher wants to keep all the money for himself and expects those who help track down this stolen painting to do so for nothing.
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However, I do give Michael Maher credit for being honest, if a little greedy.
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There you have it folks, if you help recover the stolen Cavalier you will not get any money, not even a thank-you.
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If you offer help and then try to back out before recovery you will be arrested and threatened with prosecution, especially if you provide proof of life, thereby demonstrating a degree of control.
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Still, if money is not your motive contact Michael Maher below:
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MICHAEL MAHER ASSOCIATES PTY. LIMITED
PH: 9977 1544 FAX: 9977 1983
Sydney Australia

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