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For the first time, the man the press has named the "Arsène Lupin of the museum world” tells the story of his extraordinary life as an art thief. In this gripping and fascinating confessional memoir, thirty-five-year old Stéphane Breitwieser explains how, with his girlfriend’s help, he stole over 300 priceless art works, worth an estimated $1.4 billion dollars. He describes with startling candor and immediacy how easily he was able to sack countless museums, auction houses, châteaux and even churches in broad daylight, pilfering masterpieces by Watteau, Van Dyck, Bruegel and Cranach, among others, as well as ivory carvings, bronze figurines, priceless silverware, antique weaponry and even a thirty-two square-foot-long tapestry. Unlike other art thieves, Stephane’s story is unique in that his motive was never profit (he never sold any of the works he stole) but rather an all-consuming love of art and a desire to amass an important personal collection of 16th and 17th century masters in the home he shared with his mother. In November 2001, he was finally caught while attempting to steal a bugle from a museum in Switzerland. When his mother heard of his arrest she proceeded to destroy many of the works, leaving the remains in the trash. Other artworks were simply thrown into the nearby Rhône-Rhine Canal.