Age is not an impediment to meeting goals proposals, with dreams or desires for social justice and this was demonstrated by a Briton who, despite being retired, stole a Goya. He continues reading and discovers a little more about this curious and interesting story.
The old man who stole a Goya
In the 1960s, a american billionaire who was an oil tycoon, known as Charles Wrightsman, had bought for the exorbitant figure of 140,000 pounds, the portrait of The Duke of Wellington, one of the most important works made by the Spanish Francisco de Goya.
Of course, the idea that such a work of art would leave the country alerted the government, pressured by art lovers, lobbied to prevent that from happening. The result is that His Majesty’s Government decided to finance this play with public funds and buy it with the aim of always exhibiting it on the main staircase of the National Gallery.
Of course, that measure did not like many people and more specifically Kempton Bunton, a retired bus driver who, additionally, was going through a considerably complex personal situation and more so because he was one of those who was fighting, against the government, for a canon that he had put up for the use and enjoyment of cable television. The man considered that this fee was theft, so he refused to pay the 4 pounds per year that the service cost at that time.
Of course, as expected, their confrontation did not go well at all and even he was sentenced to 13 days in jail. Additionally, he considered it a real abuse that the government spent money on what he considered a simple portrait.
a curious robbery
The result of all the anger ended in one of the most curious robberies or peculiar and more because of a conversation that Kempton had with one of the security guards, in which he stated that thanks to the installation of alarms his work was much easier.
Finally, Kempton visited the museum one night, left a bathroom window open and the next day, during cleaning hours, he entered through there and also came out with the painting. Later he began to send letters to the police where he indicated that for the painting to appear they had to return the money that had been paid for it, but finally and for fear of being discovered, he himself turned himself in to the police station and confessed absolutely everything. .
Without a doubt, it is a curious story in which a man with Robin Hood fantasies took one of the most valuable paintings in history with practically no more effort. Did you know this story?
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