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Most expensive stolen artworks

Most expensive stolen artworks. Rafael 'Portrait of a Young Man'. Cost - about $ 100 million

Most expensive stolen artworks. Rafael ‘Portrait of a Young Man’. Cost – about $ 100 million

Most expensive stolen artworks.
On the black market sale of works of art – museum exhibits or stolen cultural property from private collections have long been a part of well-established and profitable business. The turnover of only the American underground art market is estimated by experts at six billion dollars. Not surprisingly, the world each year loses tens of thousands of paintings, sculptures, prints, collages. Forbes compiled a list of the ten most expensive stolen artworks, their fate remains a mystery. In the above picture – Raphael’s painting. It belonged to a noble Polish Czartoryski, was confiscated in 1939 by the Nazis. Shortly before the end of the Second World War picture came into the hands of the governor-general of occupied Poland Hans Frank. In 2012 it was reported that it is in a bank vault in either the U.S., or Europe.
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Bluebeard prototype Gilles de Rais

Bluebeard prototype Gilles de Rais

Bluebeard prototype Gilles de Rais. Gilles de Rais – Marshal of France, the hero of the Hundred Years’ War, a contemporary and a colleague of Joan of Arc

Bluebeard prototype Gilles de Rais

For five centuries Bluebeard prototype was considered Gilles de Rais. Who has not heard of the villain, immortalized by Charles Perrault under the name of Bluebeard? Bluebeard Knight one by one killed his beautiful wives as soon as they dared to violate the strict ban of their husband not to use a key from some mysterious room. Another lady of the manor, of course, could not cope with curiosity. She opened the door and a terrible picture appeared in front of her – lifeless bodies of her husband’s former companions on the bloody floor.
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Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun were typed just days before they committed suicide. The letters were intended for Eva Braun’s friend Herta Schneider. In one letter, dated April 19, 1945, she writes that, “despite the thud of artillery and falling bombs”, she is “happy to be close” to Hitler and remains “convinced that everything will turn out all right”. But three days later her mood changed from fragile hope to black despair, as the Red Army smashed into the suburbs of Berlin in April 1945. The discovered letters reveal Hitler’s bride-to-be Eva Braun growing sense of doom. “We are fighting until the last but I’m afraid the end is threatening closer and closer’. She also writes of preparing to die and her bewilderment at how God could let such things happen. In the second letter Braun says: ‘Greetings to all my friends, I’m dying how I’ve lived. It’s not difficult for me. You know that.’ Eight days later, 33-year-old Braun was dead, killing herself alongside her husband of only a few hours, Adolf Hitler.
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Three girls abducted ten years ago found alive

Three girls abducted ten years ago found alive

Three girls abducted ten years ago found alive. Amanda Berry (center) at the Cleveland Hospital alongside her emotional sister (left) and the daughter that she gave birth to during the 10 years she was held against her will. Photo dailymail.co.uk

Three girls abducted ten years ago found alive
The girls found in the basement of a house in Ohio – where they were held captive in chains. They were discovered after neighbor heard screams. A girl aged six, was also found alive after one of the women gave birth in captivity. Police arrested 52-year-old captor Ariel Castro, who owned house at a nearby McDonald’s. His two brothers were arrested too. Amanda Berry, 26, went missing in 2003 when she was 16. Gina DeJesus, 23, disappeared when she was aged 14 in 2004. Michelle Knight, 32, disappeared in 2000 when she was 20. They were kidnapped on the same street, just three miles from where they were found. Police found chains hanging from ceilings inside the home.
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Alcatraz prison on Pelican Island

Alcatraz prison on Pelican Island

Alcatraz prison on Pelican Island

Alcatraz prison on Pelican Island
An escape plan had been prepared for months, had been carefully thought out, was ideal. The usual evening of June 11, 1962. Everything seemed ordinary. However, for the three prisoners it was different. Frank Morris, John and Clarence Anglin dared the impossible – to escape from Alcatraz, the most secure prison in the United States of America. This prison-fortress rises in the San Francisco Bay, two kilometers from the West American metropolis. It instills fear even into the most dangerous criminals. Who violated public order – go to jail, who violated the orders of prison – got to Alcatraz prison. The Island of the Pelicans has also a nickname – “The Rock.” There was kept the king of the mafia Al Capone. It is the most famous prison in the world. On the Island of Pelicans were killed a lot of people. Many committed suicide. Indians consider it a cursed place. Some say that on Alcatraz were seen, and heard shadows, moans, ghosts, poltergeists. Apparently, the place is unclean and evil.
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Queen of pirates Granuaile

Queen of pirates Granuaile, drawing by Anton Batov

Queen of pirates Granuaile, drawing by Anton Batov

Queen of pirates Granuaile was born Grace O’Malley in 1530, Connaught, Ireland. The name Grace was given to her by the British, with whom the queen of pirates fought or put up all her life. At birth, she was named Grainne, and then was given the nickname Granuaile, which means Bald Grainne. “Bald” she was at thirteen years old, when asked her father to take her with him. She was told that the woman on the ship – a bad omen. Then she took scissors and cut off her short dark curls, “Done, now I am a man!” Her father laughed and took the daughter on a trading expedition to Spain.
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White angel Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers, Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers, Eminem

White angel Eminem. Marshall returned home when the police have slammed the door of armored van, and the place was checked by criminologists. Clicked the camera. Marshall was asked to wait in the garden, but even from this place he could see the blood-stained kitchen floor and the prone body of the dead on it. That’s how disgusting spring began in 2012. While he drove his daughter to the airport, who was going away on vacation to Europe, robbers got into his house. But the alarm went off, and the criminals, unable to profit, were trapped. Quickly came the police, surrounded the garden and blocked all exits, but the robbers stubbornly refused to give up, and opened fire. As a result, all ground floor windows were broken, the walls were pierced by bullets, and one of the thieves who was fatally wounded, died on the kitchen floor. Later cars had departed, all voices and sounds died away, he finally stayed alone in the house, which became a stranger to him. How many of these bloody carnage he filmed in his videos, for what critics considered him a schizophrenic and psychotic.
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