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Priceless - How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

Robert K. Wittman

The Wall Street Journal called him "a living legend." The London Times dubbed him "the most famous art detective in the world." In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow. The rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation's first African-American regiments. The breadth of Wittman's exploits is unmatched: He traveled the world to rescue paintings by Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, often working undercover overseas at the whim of foreign governments. Closer to home, he recovered an original copy of the Bill of Rights and cracked the scam that rocked the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. By the FBI's accounting, Wittman saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities. He says the statistic isn't important. After all, who's to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They're both priceless. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat. The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes' descendants was a slick, aristocratic con man. The museum janitor who m

The Wall Street Journal called him "a living legend." The London Times dubbed him "the most famous art detective in the world." In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow. The rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation's first African-American regiments. The breadth of Wittman's exploits is unmatched: He traveled the world to rescue paintings by Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, often working undercover overseas at the whim of foreign governments. Closer to home, he recovered an original copy of the Bill of Rights and cracked the scam that rocked the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. By the FBI's accounting, Wittman saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities. He says the statistic isn't important. After all, who's to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They're both priceless. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat. The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes' descendants was a slick, aristocratic con man. The museum janitor who m
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The Wall Street Journal called him "a living legend." The London Times dubbed him "the most famous art detective in the world." In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow. The rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation's first African-American regiments. The breadth of Wittman's exploits is unmatched: He traveled the world to rescue paintings by Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, often working undercover overseas at the whim of foreign governments. Closer to home, he recovered an original copy of the Bill of Rights and cracked the scam that rocked the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. By the FBI's accounting, Wittman saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities. He says the statistic isn't important. After all, who's to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They're both priceless. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat. The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes' descendants was a slick, aristocratic con man. The museum janitor who m

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Shiffman, Mark Deakins

Length:

9h 34m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:16


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:52


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:03


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:01


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:55


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:01


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:25


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:56


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:25


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:59


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:33


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:17


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:14


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:27


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:24


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:50


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:55


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:56


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:19


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:44


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

01:38


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:29