My latest book, Cat Got Your Tongue?, consists of hot romance interweaved between a world of cat burglars and art heists. I had so much fun writing this story but as my knowledge of art and the theft thereof is fairly limited, writing this book involved a lot of research.
I soon realized that there are a variety of art collectors with an eye for art work from different artists and eras. As my hero is a billionaire with an art fetish for works by renowned artists like Degas, Monet, Picasso, Renoir etc, I focused my research mostly around the sales and theft of antique art from as early as the 18th century.
I was surprised to discover that art theft is a thriving industry with an estimated annual loss running in the billions and not something that only happens in the movies. Museums and private owners are both targets and go to great lengths to protect their art. But what surprised me most was the value attached to these paintings. Clearly, there are many enthusiastic collectors with monster wallets and a desire to possess the most prized artwork.
To top that off, another gorgeous masterpiece went up for sale at Sotheby’s two years later. Edvard Munch’s The Scream sold for $120 million dollars. Double wow! (That's a lot of shoes! Just think of all the books we need to sell to afford that!)
Hm, makes for a fascinating new story, don’t you think?
I’m on it!
Thanks for reading.