The Federal Bureau of Investigations has unveiled its top 10 art crimes list. Heading the list are thousands of Iraqi antiquities stolen from the Iraq National Museum and archaeological sites after the U.S. invasion in 2003. Art thefts cost an estimated $6 billion a year.
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The FBI, by the way, has a new most wanted list of the Top Ten Art Crimes. The top crime on the list is a crime in Iraq: seven to 10,000 Iraqi antiquities were stolen from the Iraq National Museum and archaeological sites after the US invasion in 2003. Also included are a stolen Cezanne, a da Vinci and a couple of van Goghs (pronounced van-goes) or van Goghs (pronounced van-goffs), if you prefer. Art thefts cost an estimated $6 billion per year.
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