Dubbed ‘the Indiana Jones of the art world’, Arthur Brand has spent his life tracking down the world’s great stolen masterpieces, from Picassos to Van Goghs. He talks to Ralph Jones.
In the dead of night, as the rest of the world is asleep, someone might call Arthur Brand in his Amsterdam apartment with secrets about a stolen work of art. Picking up the phone, Brand can’t tell them that it’s an inconvenient time. “You have to work 24 hours, seven days a week,” says the investigator, who has been dubbed ‘the Indiana Jones of the art world’ – “because if you give them too much time to rethink it, they’ll never call back.”