Amount of Money an Antique Looter Can Earn

According to the former head of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, a looter who steals antiques and artifacts only receives 1 percent of the final sale price. The other 99 percent in earnings are shared by the middleman and dealer.

Number of Artworks Registered as Stolen in 2012

As of April 2012, there were a registered 350,000 stolen artworks from around the world listed in the database of the Art Loss Register. The artwork is traded in the black market for roughly 5 to 10 percent of its appraised value. In a report by ABC News, the most highly valued art pieces have a value of over $1 Billion.

Most Stolen Artist of All Time

The Art Loss Register reported in January 2012 that the artist with the most stolen artwork was Pablo Picasso, with 1,147 pieces either stolen, missing or in dispute over ownership. The number of pieces for Picasso was double the amount of the second most stolen artist of Nick Lawrence, where 557 art works are missing.