45. Doctor Steals His Two Most Expensive Artworks From Himself
Stolen: Pablo Picasso, Nude Before a Mirror
Claude Monet, Customs Officer's Cabin at Pourville
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Year: July 1999
Worth: $17.5 million
When two baller art pieces went missing from the home of Los Angeles eye doctor, Steven Cooperman, there were some raised eyebrows. There were no signs of a break-in, the burglar alarm had been shut off, and only the two most expensive pieces in the collection had been touched. At the time, the ophthalmologist's license to practice had been revoked, and he had been recently accused of insurance fraud. It took five years for the Feds to find the paintings hiding in a Cleveland storage locker and to convict Cooperman of faking the heist.