Oh, and if you haven't read any Patricia McLinn titles, oh please do look up her novels! See end of her post for how to find her publications.
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--There's the historical importance - holding a piece of history
--There's profit - the black market fence has a client if you can get the painting or statue
--There's stealing it to keep it just for yourself, very personal, very intimate.
--There's maybe the thief is a reincarnation of the painter or the subject and just wants the thing and doesn't know why?
--There's the simple thing like climbing a mountain -- break through their security because it's there (like hackers).
--There's just hurting the owner because you don't like him/her/it.
--There's striking back at the nose-in-the-air art-patron public because you don't like them.
--There's "liberating" the art from the dog-in-the-manger owner so that posterity can have it (stealing from the Nazis).
--There's keeping it from destruction in a shooting war (think recent events in Egypt).
--There are all the things about Art that make it interesting -- and then there's the whole D&D board game fascination with STEALING (the Thief character with all sorts of sub-traits).
--There's the whole "magical" dimension of how great art depicts or connects to the human Group Mind -- and all the voodoo that can be done that way.
Part 2 of this series is at
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