Represented by Lawyer Arthur Van der Biezen, The Organised Crime Godfather, who was the person holding the stolen Picasso got U.S. eight hundred thousand dollars $800,000.00
Dick Ellis history of buying back stolen art from criminals:
Some of the 100+ gold boxes stolen from Lord Rothschild, Waddesdon Manor back in 2003 have been floating around the Dutch criminal underworld for years.
These could have been recovered years ago if payments were made to criminals.
The UK police and Law Enforcment warned Lord Rothschild and his agent, Charlie Hill, if he recovered his gold boxes by paying a ransom he could be in legal trouble himself.
Furthermore, The White Duck painting by Jean Baptiste Oudry stolen in Norfolk England, valued at $7.5 million and with a $150,000 public reward offered, has also been floating around the criminal underworld in the UK for years awaiting recovery, if the criminals get paid a ransom.
Not forgetting, the Ashmolean Cezanne valued at $10 million is available for 20,000 euros ransom via Charlie Hill, who was told if he recovered it would face possible prosecution.
Question is if any of these stolen artworks are recovered will the UK Police and Law Enforcement be as tolerant and forgiving as Dutch and French Police in the stolen Picasso case?
Alternatively, Arthur Brand can resort to being handed some looted antiquities stashed away by his close friend William Veres, to hand back for no fee, to deflect from the buy back of the stolen Picasso?
Handing back looted antiquities for no fee gives cover to the high value buy backs of stolen art, which bring in huge amounts of cash.