Art-related crimes are not as popular as they used to be, but that didn’t stop two men from attempting a job that would make a great action-comedy movie. Two brothers from Girona, Spain were in contact with a buyer for a painting they possessed. The piece (pictured below) was by famed romantic painter, Francisco Goya, and was called “Portrait of Don Antonio María Esquivel.” But the painting was fake, and the brothers still intended on promoting it as the original and selling it for the same price that the original would have fetched.
The two brothers then made the mistake of thinking they were the only criminals in Spain that day. After trying to deposit 1.7 million Swiss francs in a Geneva bank, the two were promptly arrested and hauled off to jail. It was then that they realized they had been duped. All of the money was counterfeit.
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