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The Resource The Duke of Wellington kidnapped! : the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation, Alan Hirsch

The Duke of Wellington kidnapped! : the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation, Alan Hirsch

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The Duke of Wellington kidnapped! : the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation
Title
The Duke of Wellington kidnapped!
Title remainder
the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation
Statement of responsibility
Alan Hirsch
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Language
eng
Summary
"In 1961, a thief broke into the National Gallery in London and committed the most sensational art heist in British history. He stole the museum's much prized painting, The Duke of Wellington by Francisco Goya. Despite unprecedented international attention and an unflagging investigation, the case was not solved for four years, and even then, only because the culprit came forward voluntarily. Kempton Bunton, an elderly gentleman, claimed he executed the theft armed with only a toy gun, a disguise purchased for five shillings, and a getaway car inadvertently provided by a drunkard. Shortly after turning himself in, Bunton also invoked language in an obscure law to maintain his innocence, despite the confession. He did not allege that the confession wasfalse, but rather that stealing the painting did not constitute a crime because he intended to return it. On account of this improbable defense strategy, the story took another twist, resulting in a bizarre courtroom drama and extraordinary verdict. Over fifty years later, Alan Hirsch decided to explore the facts behind this historic case and uncovered shocking new evidence that both solved the crime and deepened the mystery. "--
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Dewey number
364.16/2870942
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The Duke of Wellington kidnapped! : the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation, Alan Hirsch
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Publication
Control code
zzv143 b1631571
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
266 p.
Isbn
9781619025912
Lccn
2015046444
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ill.
Label
The Duke of Wellington kidnapped! : the incredible true story of the art theft that changed a nation, Alan Hirsch
Publication
Control code
zzv143 b1631571
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
266 p.
Isbn
9781619025912
Lccn
2015046444
Other physical details
ill.

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