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Famous stolen paintings

In Hollywood movies, the art thief has become something of a romantic legend. But away from the big screen, art looting is big and ugly business.

From Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the "Mona Lisa" in 1911, through to Adam Worth, the master criminal thought to be the inspiration behind the character Moriarty in Arthur Conan Doyle's "Tales of Sherlock Holmes," art thieves have been pursued across the world by police and detectives.

Even in times of global crisis, art thieves have kept busy and made news -- a painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen during an overnight raid at a Dutch museum that was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here's CNN Style's rundown of famous stolen paintings -- some of which disappeared, while others made unlikely returns.

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