The Mysterious Chinese Art Heists Across Europe

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Who orchestrated the massive Chinese art heists across Europe?
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Video Title: The Mysterious Chinese Art Heists Across Europe

"Stockholm, Sweden. 2010. Passersby on the streets of the capital were confused and scared. Several cars in and around the vicinity had lit up in flames, and no one had any idea why. Police soon arrived on scene but they too were baffled with what they saw. Now, several kilometers to the west, on the outskirts of the city, a small group of masked men made their way across the grounds of the Drottningholm Palace (the private residence of the Swedish Royal Family, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Their target was the royal pavilion situated in the southern part of the complex, which displayed countless works of historic art. Once there, the men forced their way in through the backdoors, and went right to work. They smashed the protective display cases, and grabbed whatever items they wanted. This immediately set off the alarm system, which alerted the Swedish police. Now, despite the alarm, the robbers remained calm, because they knew exactly where the police were. The burning cars were in fact a distraction for them set up by the robbers, and they had fallen right into the trap. Still, the police raced towards the crime scene, but by the time they reached the royal pavilion, the place was empty (the robbers were in and out in less than six minutes). Upon inspection, sculptures, chalices, plates and teapots - all invaluable items - were now missing from the permanent state collection of art and antiquities; and this wasn’t just a huge economic loss, but a cultural one as well. It was later found out that after fleeing the pavilion on mopeds, the robbers made their way to a nearby lake where they were then picked up by a white speedboat. Though from this point, the trail went cold...

*Note: The narrative of the implication of the Chinese government was made popular by Alex Palmer of GQ in 2018 (though these suspicions had existed long before).

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Kento Bento
Kento Bento 2 yıl önce
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James Warden Jr.
James Warden Jr. Aylar önce
Seems the world's greatest art is in the hog's trough... That's how they get culture out there in hell...
Josiexd
Josiexd Aylar önce
@Xxxclxudsxx* Bonjour*
Hello Hi
Hello Hi 2 aylar önce
Brainwashed accusations, the government did this because they have money?? The way China was treated and burned is F. China did not take from any cultures. Shame on you.
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki 3 aylar önce
@Isotope sorry I have no idea how I did it
Isotope
Isotope 3 aylar önce
@Naruto Uzumaki Can you guide me to how to write captions? I've to start it for my upwork and was searching on it
Ekta Chauhan
Ekta Chauhan 5 gün önce
Hey , I'm from India . And seriously I want my stolen treasure back too😒 .
duhdeen
duhdeen 9 gün önce
that heist would've been epic w/ some GTA Online Music bro.
Peter K.
Peter K. 17 gün önce
The Chinese don't deserve their art back. You know why there's hardly any Chinese art? It has nothing to do with looting, almost every country in the world has been looted at some point. It's because they destroyed all of their own art during the Cultural Revolution.
Peter K.
Peter K. 10 gün önce
@JX 210 why would you ever give art back to the CCP? They are the party that destroyed the art in the first place. This art only survived the cultural revolution in the because it was being kept in foreign museums, otherwise they would have destroyed it.
JX 210
JX 210 10 gün önce
Too late for that now peter
RANDOM COMMENTER
RANDOM COMMENTER 22 gün önce
first dudes did a cayo perico 😂
Death
Death 22 gün önce
Came here after watching Red Notice on netflix
matchacake
matchacake 25 gün önce
I think it’s because many years ago many European countries took the antiques from China and they only might want it back
F P
F P 26 gün önce
Indians seeing this and thinking about kohinoor 😅 .
Enoch Chow
Enoch Chow 27 gün önce
So basically Killmonger's subplot in Black Panther
Rose
Rose Aylar önce
“it’s not just billionaires” me: it’s the chinese government “it’s the chinese government” me: ahhh knew it
Raaid
Raaid Aylar önce
Me and my bois going to get Kohinoor Diamond
Simp
Simp Aylar önce
For a moment I forgot about the heist and thought of the dog
Luca
Luca Aylar önce
I bet they stole other things like the Thai thing to not seem suspicious
Thundageon
Thundageon Aylar önce
These robbers deserve a reward from the Chinese government.
Nooby360
Nooby360 Aylar önce
China: is not stealing if your taking something back that is your
Josomez
Josomez Aylar önce
I mean is it really so morally right for a country to take back their cultural art as their government is currently wiping out the entirety of others cultures?
back
back Aylar önce
everytime i see the thumbnail for this video i keep thinkin dude is carrying a huge gameboy advance
Villepro Gaming
Villepro Gaming Aylar önce
I love how you used the swedish way of saying police/Polis
pyrophobia133
pyrophobia133 Aylar önce
uno reverse card at its finest
PogPasta
PogPasta Aylar önce
Asian heist: *exists* Kento bento: whippity wine that story is now mine
MaroonMoonMan
MaroonMoonMan Aylar önce
"Who orchestrated the massive Chinese art heists across Europe?"
Someone user
Someone user 2 aylar önce
Why would the chinese goverment steal something which is not chinese?? WELL, just for dumb people to believe they didnt lol
idk
idk 2 aylar önce
Can it really be called a "hiest" when you are merely taking back what was rightfully yours?
Adarsh Sharma
Adarsh Sharma 2 aylar önce
5:41 I'm Indian and China's one of the biggest enemy is India, but still I support Chain in this hiest...... All Western countries are rich by looting us India, China, Africa, Pakistan, and the goes on and on and on..... They should respectfully return our prestige to us with sorry
mrloleno
mrloleno 2 aylar önce
7:43 nice
Cookie_Queen
Cookie_Queen 2 aylar önce
broo
juniper1
juniper1 2 aylar önce
Ah, the British at it again. Stealing and never giving back. Just like the Parthenon marbles Here's what the National Hellenic museum states: "Between 1801 and 1803, Thomas Bruce, Lord Elgin and the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, oversaw the removal of these priceless antiquities to London, where they were eventually acquired by the British Museum." They just ripped them off the temple.
Eric He
Eric He 2 aylar önce
I live in sveden
Sona Bertrand
Sona Bertrand 2 aylar önce
The bawdy parsnip perinatally untidy because jason modestly unfasten per a nonchalant waterfall. erratic, curvy geese
Pan SANS The Commenter
Pan SANS The Commenter 2 aylar önce
0:27 "there is a spy around here"
Hime Arikawa
Hime Arikawa 2 aylar önce
GTA 6 Teaser
Gaming with Amar
Gaming with Amar 2 aylar önce
Great work
Joseph
Joseph 2 aylar önce
Europe: you're trying to kidnap what I've rightfully stolen
artistwithouttalent
artistwithouttalent 2 aylar önce
CPG be like "Hey, I'm looking for a place to sell my antiquities." "No problem, we have an auction house on the third floor." "Great! Say, this is a long shot, but would you happen to know where I can purchase a Chinese missile system?" "... you're never gonna fucking believe this."
palmless prayer
palmless prayer 2 aylar önce
I know this video is old but some new information has surfaced surrounding this topic. Merely a month after this video was released some of the loot from the Chinese Pavilion heist in Stockholm was recovered. In September of 2019, the police busted a fence trying to sell the items, still in Sweden. Therefore it's very unlikely that the Chinese billionaires or the government would be the ones carrying out these heists. Yes, the reoccurcing theme is probably not a coincidence but the fact that some of the items were still in Sweden almost 10 years after the heist would indicate that something like that is inaccurate
Crazi Mathx
Crazi Mathx 2 aylar önce
Ig indian should steal kohinoor from UK 😅 . Hey i will not do robbery so if sometime in future if that happens pls dont blame me 😅
Swagface
Swagface 2 aylar önce
Ah history, filled with moments of injustice and justice too!
Wilson Yu
Wilson Yu 2 aylar önce
Ocean's 4
POPTART
POPTART 2 aylar önce
Europeans couod never
Deepak Kumar H L
Deepak Kumar H L 2 aylar önce
What if Indians want their treasures back. Imagine the situation of Britain 😂
Hello Hi
Hello Hi 2 aylar önce
Brainwashed accusations, the government did this because they have money?? The way China was treated and burned is F. China did not take from any cultures. Shame on you.
we rw
we rw 2 aylar önce
West stole alot of art and other valuable items from Africa India China. But China unlike other countries know how to play dirty when they need have to.
nhbari
nhbari 2 aylar önce
Crown jewels anyone?
louishaha
louishaha 2 aylar önce
what's the name of the first song?
NeonFF
NeonFF 2 aylar önce
This is what I call money heist
George
George 2 aylar önce
China's great leap backwards, china's cultural devolution, china's famine, the list goes on .
Kaiden - Roblox
Kaiden - Roblox 2 aylar önce
🇨🇳 sucks Jk don’t sue me plz
your name
your name 3 aylar önce
india should do this too. i love china did this
Shahil Subba
Shahil Subba 3 aylar önce
I just clicked this video because i saw that mask man holding starry night : (
Siggyten 74
Siggyten 74 3 aylar önce
Ortengrabbar lmfao
bryandagatan1
bryandagatan1 3 aylar önce
What are these chinese antiques doing in europe in the first place? just right they're taking them back.
Tnt_gaming
Tnt_gaming 3 aylar önce
The 1.4K dislikes is the guy who spent all his money on lottery tickets after attempting to rob 3 banks, and his alts
Vailix
Vailix 2 aylar önce
what?
Jim Qin
Jim Qin 3 aylar önce
it's simple, many years ago, we had a fight and I lost. Then You broke into my home, set up a fire and then took my stuff. Many years later I am recoverd from the wound and ask you to at least give my stuff back. You refused, and since there are no police in charge of this, what could I do? Letting you keep my stuff? And most importantly what would you do if you were me? That's why I found the percpective of this video rather funny. Before you make these European colomialism countries look like victims. Let's not forget that they were the bully and China was the victim here.
PHANI SRINIVAS
PHANI SRINIVAS 3 aylar önce
As the investigative narration told us that the Chinese government did this get their respect back every colonizing country should give back their art collection of other countries, if it not done, in the coming years the countries citizens who are enjoying these arts and relics may face embarrassment because of the history looting nature of their country
Morgan Giles
Morgan Giles 3 aylar önce
Sounds like China spy’s getting there old relics and traditional goods back isn’t it kida there like tradition having artefacts from years ago n shit
-O-
-O- 3 aylar önce
them stealing thailand's like crown is fuck3d up
Tenzin Dorjee
Tenzin Dorjee 3 aylar önce
As usual nobody dares act even if they know who the suspect is.
Isa Huijgen
Isa Huijgen 3 aylar önce
Okay okay but hear me out, can the Thai crown be a cover up so the Chinese can avoid getting inspected further?
5927 Ducci
5927 Ducci 3 aylar önce
Gta: write that down write that down
Zeeeeee
Zeeeeee 3 aylar önce
Yooo then someone from India must heist all the stolen Indian artworks and jewels from the so called Royal British, which these guys took from us forcefully back in history
jimmy sonam
jimmy sonam 3 aylar önce
Where is CCTV?????
Sam
Sam 3 aylar önce
i thought mao's ideology was based on erasing all traces of the previous regime and of past history
Sam
Sam 3 aylar önce
the previously pillaged art pieces were once again stolen
JavaoftheLava
JavaoftheLava 3 aylar önce
so they're stealing it because it belongs to china? i would normally agree with that sentiment of getting back what's yours, but not for china. state sponsored terrorism tbh
Vailix
Vailix 2 aylar önce
you said that without giving a reason? thats funny
1 1
1 1 3 aylar önce
I just loved the way Chinese are doing it Wish that Bharath also did the same
Lavanya Krishna
Lavanya Krishna 3 aylar önce
Europe has too much of looted property.. I think indian government should do something like this to get back wt Britishers have stolen...
Nothing
Nothing 3 aylar önce
India is a common-wealth country and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of the Common-Wealth. Also India has no intentions of getting it's artifcats back.
VideoSouls
VideoSouls 3 aylar önce
I had no idea there was a second Mona Lisa. The second one looks better
Pytho
Pytho 3 aylar önce
Funny if that vase was sold for $69,420,000
NOOB ClASH OF CLAN
NOOB ClASH OF CLAN 3 aylar önce
The beginning of ww3 has began.
Rogue Genesis
Rogue Genesis 3 aylar önce
This is what patriotism look like!
MrAlexandriou
MrAlexandriou 3 aylar önce
6:18 Sweet irony ! Especially as China destroyed its own cultural heritage during the Cultural Revolution of 1966 😂
MrAlexandriou
MrAlexandriou 3 aylar önce
@miri "China's historical sites, artifacts and archives suffered devastating damage, as they were thought to be at the root of "old ways of thinking." Artifacts were seized, museums and private homes ransacked, and any item found that was thought to represent bourgeois or feudal ideas was destroyed. There are few records of exactly how much was destroyed-Western observers suggest that much of China's thousands of years of history was in effect destroyed, or, later, smuggled abroad for sale, during the short ten years of the Cultural Revolution. Chinese historians compare the cultural suppression during the Cultural Revolution to Qin Shihuang's great Confucian purge. [...] Enormous damage was inflicted on China's cultural heritage." From wikipedia, Cultural Revolution I'm not downplaying the actions of you westerners miri, and I'm sorry if it sounded like I was blaming you for the actions of your ancestors. As a matter of fact, 5000 years of cultural history and culture was indeed wiped out in a few months of chaos during the cultural revolution :/ A shame, really
miri
miri 3 aylar önce
why do you westerners act like a couple years of chaos was able to completely wipe out 5000 years of chinese history and culture
JSLuo
JSLuo 3 aylar önce
5:08 It was the Europeans invading and destroying China, but Kento Bento makes it seem that it is China who provoked the war. Yo, they are not making peace, but to further exploit China. I understand you are a Japanese and probably won’t admit the crime Japan ever did to China, but seriously, this is very, very disgusting.
Clem
Clem 3 aylar önce
I support China getting their artwork and antiquities by any means necessary. We in Africa have literally begged the Europeans to return stolen antiquities back to Africa and have been met with disdainful arrogance from those that stole our artwork and sculptures.
Mr BladeBlaze
Mr BladeBlaze 3 aylar önce
But The British didnt steal them for no reason. 5:06 There men were tortured by the Chinese will they wanted to negotiate peace. Yes what the British Did was wrong but and China has a right for there artifacts but they are doing it in the wrong way and forget why they were even stolen in the first place.
Nothing
Nothing 3 aylar önce
@bick you Opium wars , Qing government and British merchants fighting escalated into full out war and got the British Army involved.
bick you
bick you 3 aylar önce
wow.so why were there british soldiers in china, were they on vacation?
Creath yang
Creath yang 3 aylar önce
So they actually have evidence that which "rich Chinese guy/gal" bought those stuff or just another salty accusation?
Vailix
Vailix 2 aylar önce
just a stupid rumor. people like throw tons of accusations when they get mad
董家琪
董家琪 3 aylar önce
I spent my entire childhood living in Beijing, 5km away from the ruins of the old Summer Palace. As crazed as China is with infrastructure and construction, the site of the Summer Palace, after the British and French soldiers burnt it to the ground 160 years ago, was never renovated. They left it that way. While modernisation brought skyscrapers and condo buildings all around the Palace, it stayed the way Britain and France left it. China remembers
c.h.i.n.a.v.i.r.u.s
c.h.i.n.a.v.i.r.u.s 3 aylar önce
Good job by chinese
Colin Bateman
Colin Bateman 3 aylar önce
When we look back through history and recognize how many artifacts where gathered for display in western cultural museums a culture with a social conscience would return these items
Sauce Pimentée
Sauce Pimentée 3 aylar önce
A culture with a historical conscience wouldn't have burnt down its historical heritage :/
FlintsOnFire
FlintsOnFire 3 aylar önce
This is literally the plot of the second Disney muppets movie
Zombie Horse Franz Ferdinand
Zombie Horse Franz Ferdinand 3 aylar önce
Feels good hearing Durham for once. Last time I heard it was with Dominic Cummings
Heartless_Piece_Of_Shit
Heartless_Piece_Of_Shit 3 aylar önce
Egypt have stuff in all the museums in the world
Carter Hermansson
Carter Hermansson 3 aylar önce
Me with lots of chicken art bowls "YOOOOOO 36 MILLION FOR 32 BOWLS SPEEDRUN" oh wait whats that? ALL MONEY IS WORTHLESS NOW?
Incumbent Vinyl
Incumbent Vinyl 3 aylar önce
1:37 - No, they weren't. There are no lakes in the region, they fled by sea, inland sea in the archipelago if you want to be specific.
Ishaan Karmokar
Ishaan Karmokar 3 aylar önce
Europe: *loots precious Chinese artifacts* China: *loots them back* England: This isn't how you're supposed to play the game
Snickers nickers
Snickers nickers 4 aylar önce
I mean y'all stole shit from us why can't we steal it back ( ・ั﹏・ั)
Hank Rai
Hank Rai 4 aylar önce
stealing items that were stolen by this european monarch
Battleblock dude: the return
Battleblock dude: the return 4 aylar önce
Man, i hate when i get pulled over by the polis.
Last ciggret ✨
Last ciggret ✨ 4 aylar önce
Imagine India doing same *British museum's* 👁️👄👁️ 💧. 💧 💧. 💧
mchsll
mchsll 4 aylar önce
11:43 should have ask why chinese wouldn't steal it?
Dana C
Dana C 4 aylar önce
every country that europe and usa stole from should start doing this
lapistea
lapistea 4 aylar önce
"looty not included" you don't say
Harsh Meena
Harsh Meena 4 aylar önce
Bravo, good job china. Hope other countries will also follow you footsteps.
DavidRGD
DavidRGD 4 aylar önce
Right, the Europeans stole the art from the Chinese, and the Chinese did the same thing to them, this time its only retrieving.
Avishkar Pagare
Avishkar Pagare 4 aylar önce
Sherlock's one episode is based on this
ajayk Jacob
ajayk Jacob 4 aylar önce
WHAT ?. Seriously The methodology of the return? . Are you kidding me.when you took them you burnt down the palace. when they took it they atleast had the decency of not touching other artefacts. You stole these items from China and other countries and are putting them on display as foreign culture. How is this different from the HUMAN ZOO'S which the Europeans had years ago. When you look at these items in your museum you see things from other cultures.but for us we see our predecessor's sweet, blood and bones displayed in a colonizer's country as a trophy.
Republic of Tringapore
Republic of Tringapore 4 aylar önce
Idc if Europe gets sad. I'm happy a culture got its items back from what was stolen.
Spectre
Spectre 5 aylar önce
Literally black panther
ArzaHelkilporo
ArzaHelkilporo 5 aylar önce
Alternative title: racist heists
Nagarjun Kashyap
Nagarjun Kashyap 5 aylar önce
Never ask a man his salary, a woman her age and the British where their museum artefacts came from. Btw, the large diamond on the queen's crown, the kohinoor diamond was looted from india. The queen literally wears a symbol of their historic cruelty.
reee123
reee123 5 aylar önce
I live in sweden in karlstad hej
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