Making news at the moment is the recovery of one of Shakespeare’s folios. A first edition worth between £1 and £15 million (reports vary), the rare book was ‘found’ when a man brought it in to the Folger Shakespeare Library to have it authenticated and valued.
The Washington Post has an article about the man in question, who claimed he’d brought the book from Cuba for evaluation on behalf of a friend (the friend apparently said the book was a family heirloom). The guy does sound like bit of an idiot, but I can’t really imagine anyone who’d pulled off a £35 million book heist being fool enough to wander up to a leading Shakespeare library with one of the stolen articles.
Slate also has an interesting article on why stealing Shakespearean folios isn’t worth the effort.