Art has been one of the most subtle forms of investment over centuries. Once they used to be decorating pieces or items to showcase royalty that adorned the walls of the rich and the famous. Painting and painters were mainly patronised by kings and monarchs and they mainly painted to satisfy them. Later on there was a renaissance in art and painting as well. Many artists painted with gay abandon to create what they wanted to. Though many of those masters did not find acclaim or recognition during their lifetime, modern times have shown that their work of art has become one of the most lucrative assets. They are not only sought after by museums across the world, they are also sought after by private collectors across the world. When some of the buy these for astronomical sums, many take the darker alleys to fulfil their dream of owning a painting from the masters. This has also led to the development of a band of criminals who specialise in art heists that tend to shake the world. Here are some of the top. 3. Foundation E.G. Buhrle, Zurich; (February 2008) Worth: $163 million This was and is one of the most daring art heists in the world. In 2008, on February 12th three men walked in the E.G.Burle Foundation museum in Zurich. They grabbed four paintings and vanished in thin air. Interestingly the four paintings included The Boy in the Red Waistcoat by Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet’s Poppies near Vetheuil , Van Gogh’s Blossoming Chestnut Branches and Edgar Degas and Count Lepic and his Daughters. While the Monet and Gogh were found abandoned later, it was in 2012 that the Cezanne and the Degas were found. All the four paintings had a combined value of more than $160 million USD. common crimes over the last few decades. The rising art prices and some other factors have led to this being a good business, but the unsellable status of these famous artwork fails to deter the miscreants. This is possibly because of the private collectors who are ready to pay a fortune to lay their hands on these classics. According to an international index for stolen art works, there are more than 350,000 stolen pieces of art most of which is yet to be recovered.