On July 17th we posted “Major Art Theft Prediction Realized?” which referred to a prediction made in the book that 2011 would bear witness to a major art theft. At that juncture it appeared that the prediction had come true, but before concluding, we wanted to get beyond August 21, which would be the ideal date to realize this prediction. We are now sufficiently beyond the window to assess the prediction.
To repeat, the prediction was for “an art theft of potentially major proportions in 2011, ideally (but not necessarily) on or about August 21st.”
The main hit, I believe, has been what happened in mid-July, when it was reported that Mark Lugo, a man accused of stealing a valuable Picasso drawing from a San Francisco gallery, had about $500,000 worth of other stolen artwork in his New Jersey apartment, including another Picasso. This fit the pattern outlined in the book because it involved masterpieces, the recovery of prior thefts and the thefts were amateurish.
Subsequently I have learned from an NPR broadcast that the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa also figured in the painter Picasso quite prominently, because he was actually a suspect for a time immediately after the theft, on account of the fact that he was harboring two statues stolen from the Louvre in his apartment at the time the Mona Lisa was stolen. He wasn’t the direct thief of the statues and eventually got off of the charges. For our purposes this link to Picasso makes the Mark Lugo theft even more compelling as the fulfillment of this prediction.
As a more general view of the matter, the Huffington Post reported on August 16th that 2011 has shaped up to be “unprecedented” in the number of significant art thefts. One story in particular again deals with Picasso and a purported theft by an amateur thief: Frenchman Pierre Le Guennec and his wife were indicted this summer for stealing 271 works by Picasso worth well over a hundred million dollars. Le Guennec was an electrician for Picasso and claims that Picasso gave him the artwork. It was the French court’s view that the massive gift exceeded the reasonable level of gratitude one would feel to an electrician for fixing some faulty wiring….
History is subject to revision almost by definition. We may yet learn more about the Synchronicity Code sequence that began with the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911. But the prediction set forth in the book, which was even labelled as “wildly unlikely”, has turned out to be not so far off the Mark.