More Undercover Adventures with Robert Wittman
Event Date(s)Begins: March 4, 2018 3:00 pm
Ends: March 4, 2018 5:00 pm
5500 East Hwy 100
Palm Coast, FL 32164
Art thieves steal more than beautiful objects; they steal memories and identity. They steal history. So says Robert Wittman, the founder and chief investigative expert of the FBI’s Art Crimes Unit who recovered more than $300 million of stolen art and cultural property during his 20-year FBI career.
Wittman returns by popular demand to Palm Coast for one of a series of special events celebrating Flagler County Art League’s 40th anniversary. His presentation here in 2015 was a huge success, as he enlightened and amused his audience with stories of his unique experiences catching art thieves, scammers and black-market traders in such places as Paris, Philadelphia, Copenhagen and Miami.
He returns on March 4 to reveal more secrets from his undercover work, as chronicled in his best-selling book, Priceless in which he recounts adventures including going undercover in Madrid to extract $50 million worth of Goya and Brueghel paintings from a Spanish mobster and how he successfully recovered the golden back flap of an ancient Peruvian king. He will bring to light the links between the sale of looted art and antiquities from Iraq and Afghanistan and Islamic terrorism and he will speak about his latest book, The Devil’s Diary, in which he mesmerizes readers with a thrilling account of the recovery of a private diary penned by one of Hitler’s top aides, Alfred Rosenberg. From the diary’s long-hidden pages he gives us an eye-opening account of the Nazi rise to power written by the man Hitler called his “chief philosopher.” Wittman will share some of the details of his search for the diary and what the diary reveals about the seizure of priceless artwork and the rivalries that existed between the leaders of the Nazi regime.
Later this year, Wittman will be featured in the History Channel’s “Lost History” series in two two-hour segments investigating the lost artifacts of General George Custer’s brigade at the battle of Little Big Horn. And he will be part of the cast of season three of the History Channel series “Hunting Hitler.”
Now retired from the FBI, Wittman speaks about art crimes at conferences, museums, universities and institutions across the globe. He is president of the international art security firm, Robert Wittman Inc., and continues to be involved in art crime investigation in many countries. He is the recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Robert Burke Memorial Award for Excellence in Cultural Property Protection.
Flagler County Art League is hosting a VIP “meet and greet” reception prior to Wittman’s presentation at 3 p.m. VIP tickets are $65 each.
General admission tickets are $22. Group sales (10 or more) $18 each. Call the Flagler Auditorium box office at 386-437-7547 or 866-353-4537 or purchase online at www.FlaglerAuditorium.org.
Event Website: https://www.flaglercountyartleague.org/
Event Contact: 386-437-7547