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What painting would you steal?

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My friends often liken me to the character "Thomas Crown" of the movie the "Thomas Crown Affair". Yes, I bore easily, I'm known for doing unexpected things and I would steal a $100 million painting for fun only to replace it a few days later. There's nothing wrong with a challenge is there?

I'm after your thoughts. What's the most prized valuable in the world? The Mona Lisa? A Van Gogh? I won't limit myself to painings either. Are there any fine art collectors who frequent Sotheby's or Christie's who could point me in the right direction? What should I borrow for an evening?

Any suggestions??? :)
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hey Healey,,,
the Sistine Chapel is actually pretty small.
Last stop on the Vatican Museum tour.
HMMMM,,been a while , back in 1995, but ide say its not much more than 3500 sq feet, if that.
Nothing in it except the ceiling.
That is more than enough, though.
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ps.
I think everyone should jump off a cliff at least once in their lives.
Plenty of guys much older than you do it.

I know one 47 yr old who is basically insane,,hes an adventure racer. Who the hell else would run 26 miles straight down and then straight UP a hill, in a few hours,,and then go ravish a lucky female for a few hours after that.

He never even broke a sweat.

I think its a good case for the " use it or loose it" camp.
at 35,,forgive me,,you are still a babe-in-the-woods.
Many of us "older" ones are veryv ery adventureous. IDE JUMP off a cliff in Norway.. I LOVE that idea !
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yes Man, it was the Bridge climb , in winter ! Damned freezing up there..wind chill must have been near 35 degrees....have you been ?

I much prefer Brisbane/Cairns areas to Sydney.The Reef is a fav, for sure. Living ART.

Actually < ide never steal anything. Karma is far too hideous a mistress.

I own the one painting that I fell in love with.

Purchased while in Bali, its by the premiere artist of Bali, J. Madi Lusi
Depicts several scenes from the Barong Dance.
$ 1200 US. A bargain.

Did you know that you do not have to declare fine art purchases ? That saved me, as I had purchased a great many items while in Bali.

And of course you are right about the Picasso...
lol sorry , I was on ( legal) drugs whilst I was taking ARt History !
I barely recall being AT school , let alone what I learned !
Funny,,that was the term I earned a 4.0 in all my classes.
( very bad hiking accident...i was on crutches for 6 weeks)


as for toys,,my one fav " toy" is world travel. I had horses for a long time , too.

Ive been to the Sistine Chapel.The Vatican Museum complex its complete sensory overload..the very best in human acheivement.
and St Peters next door with all the fantastic Michelagelo statues- awesome !

I think the Girl in Front of Mirror was on display when I went through. They have numerous Picasso's. Odd, Im not really a P fan , but i love that particular painting.
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Quoting: Originally posted by shazbot82
anything orginal by Thomas Mcknight. Love his colorful style.

MAN..I read your profile...very nice. Wish you were a bit older, or I was much younger.
Thanks Shazbot! Looks like your profile photo was taken from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge - bridge climb?

If I were any older I'm not sure I'd be contemplating jumping off a cliff in Norway. I thought the only difference between men & boys were the price of our toys - not our level on insanity?! Is it all downhill from here? I'm doomed!! To have fun!! :)

Cheerio!
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Thanks everyone! You've all provided some great responses. Learnt a few things which is always a bonus!

I've been trying to work out how to fit Rembrandt's Night Watch in my napsack (do I fold it or roll it? :o ) and slip under the laser guided thermal motion security system. Could be tricky!

I believe the Ark of the Convenant is stored in Area 51 - meaning there might also be an alien space craft which would definitely be priceless. Would I prefer to take on God, aliens or goons in suits? Hmm...

The only way to get Micheal Angelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling is to steal the whole chapel. Though I think it might look more like a scene from Die Hard.

"Girl in the mirror" was Britney Spears and easily located at any "lost & found" in Hollywood. But I might go for Picasso's "Girl before a Mirror" ;)

Anyhow, keep 'em coming. If any go missing for a night, it wasn't me! :)
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anything orginal by Thomas Mcknight. Love his colorful style.

MAN..I read your profile...very nice. Wish you were a bit older, or I was much younger.
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Its gotta be Constables Haywain, it'll remind me of the beautiful English countryside as I now reside in the Carolinas
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ive just had another thought I would love to have a Thomas Tompian grandfather clock they were made in London in the 1700s I think
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Moldy do you think it would fit into my handbag??
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Humor? I was hoping for an adventure!

I would put on a cat-suit and scale a wall or climb an ivory tower to 'steal' an original John Singer Sargent.
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Quoting: Originally posted by DONTFITMOLD
Micheal Angelo's sistine chapel ceiling would be a good catch...especially if it came down in once piece. ....the David statue would be a heavy heist....
LMAO (*)(*)
Ah but to carry off a heist of that magnitude would be a coo... besides I find it to be one of the most beautiful pieces of artwork in the history of man. It seems as if it was actually a man turned to stone.

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great question mansale...

so many works, so little space...

for starters, this whistler piece in the national art gallery is so grand and perfectly created, it literally takes your breath away...

also, i have an orignal charcoal piece from an us artist, that was created back in the 90's...worth 10 times more than what i paid for it...and i hear the baldwin brothers are collecting his stuff...but not going to sell it nosiree...

e/a

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two things lady at the Virginals by Vermeer and a fabulous Faberge egg the light from the Vermeer is stunning and the egg is a joy to behold
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Oh Blarg.,..youde think that a woman who studied art in Italy and received the highest grade in her ARt History classes WOULD remember some paintings she likes !!!!

The only one I might want to steal is one of Picasso's. I think its called Girl in the Mirror.

this is pathetic..lol...i really MUST start paying attention !
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Micheal Angelo's sistine chapel ceiling would be a good catch...especially if it came down in once piece. ....the David statue would be a heavy heist....
LMAO (*)(*)
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Gustav Klimts "The Kiss" is one of my favorites. I have a framed print but would much prefer the original :)). The image conveys eroticism, romanticism and distinct differences in the male and female gender and more, yet in "The kiss" the couple join magnificently together as lovers becoming one entity in nature. I like how Klimt expressed femininity using soft, colorful, circular patterns in sharp contrast to the masculinity of the darker, bolder rectangular shapes. The male has an overly- large masculine neck with a dark skinned chiseled angular face (mainly obscured) as opposed to the womans ovular face which is soft, white with rosy cheeks and lips. The woman appears to be in a submissive position in the way he is positioned above her and holding her face in his hands. Her expression is hard to interpret could be indifference or ecstasy but I'd rather think she enjoys it.

But given your profile your thrill wouldn't be in possessing the valuable painting but in the challenge of borrowing the painting? I think I'll have to stick to garage sales and maybe I'll get lucky and find a Jackson Pollack (not sure if that story is true). My spiderman days are long over and shopping at Christies and Sotheby's is a tad (cough, cough) out of my league. Welcome to the blogs.

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Quoting: Originally posted by healey67
I think the Mona Lisa is the most famous painting and since so few DaVinci paintings survived it is probably the hands down winner of the most valuable. Also it is small so you might have an easier time stealing it for an evening than say Rembrandt's Night Watch would might take a crane to get it out of the Riksmuseum.
Yet if I was able to have one painting it would be Woman Weighing Pearls by Johann Vermeer.Now that is a painting to die for.

Healey
Interesting picture Healey! So much symbolism hidden in what appears to be a simple picture. Also the is another picture within the picture.

Found this about "woman weighing pearls"

A young woman delicately holds an empty pair of scales in her right hand. She seems to be waiting for them to balance out before she weighs something, probably the gold coins at the edge of the table.

Also on the table are some jewels, pearl necklaces and a gold chain. On the far wall hangs a painting of the Last Judgment (right) while: on the left wall facing the woman is a mirror. The contrast between the valuable objects on the table, the Last Judgment and the scales, symbols of the Judgment itself, are intended to remind the viewer of the importance of resisting the temptation of earthily riches and living moderately in order to obtain salvation. The calmness of the young woman's feature's indicates that she is capable of living according to these principles.
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Would you consider -
Nude Descending a Staircase?

"Duchamp proposes the work of art as an independent creation, brought into being in a joint effort by the artists, the spectator, and the unpredictable actions of chance - a creation that, by its very nature, may be more complex, more interesting, more original, and truer to life than a work that is subject to the limitations of the artist's personal control."