The Easel

How to move a masterpiece: The secret business of moving priceless artworks

A fun piece. When expensive art is moved, especially for museum shows, the logistics are “delicate, expensive and complex. In 2010, a courier lost a portrait by Corot worth some £850,000 while drunk in a New York hotel bar.” And then there’s the paperwork – “they’d lost the forms at the airport and were going to bump my shipment. I nearly lost out to some fresh fish.”