The Art Detective Who Recovers Stolen Masterpieces : Planet Money : The Indicator from Planet Money Art crime is a big business, and it requires special skills to investigate. Enter Christopher Marinello, one of the world's foremost experts in art recovery.

Have A Missing Matisse? Call The Art Detective

Have A Missing Matisse? Call The Art Detective

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A few decades back, two men stole some Rembrandts and other works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The paintings are estimated to be worth almost half a billion dollars, and they're still missing.

This may have been one of the biggest heists in history, but it certainly isn't alone. Art crime has been the third highest-grossing criminal trade of the past 40 years, and it requires special skills to investigate.

Christopher Marinello is one of the world's foremost experts in art recovery. On The Indicator from Planet Money, we chat with him about who steals art, who buys stolen art, and the time he spent four hours locked in a room with a missing Matisse.

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