Carnegie Mellon University archivist allegedly stole and sold $8 million worth of books
Who knew there was so much money in stealing books from the library?! Hm…Hm…Hm.
These folks over there in Pittsburgh claim that the Carnegie Mellon University’s archivist
teamed up with an antique bookseller and made money by selling 8 million dollar’s worth of over 300 stolen books and collection that were allegedly taken out of the university’s library.
These two alleged stealing fools
are former Carnegie Mellon University Archivist Gregory Priore and antique bookseller John Schulman.
The two alleged thieves
had their little stealing operation going on from 1997 to 2017.
They were allegedly able to pull off this little thievery they had going on for 20-years because the university hadn’t done an audit of its book collection
It wasn’t until somebody at the university
decided that 26-years was a long enough time to go without an audit.
So, in 2017, the folks over at Carnegie Mellon University
hired Pall Mall Art Advisors.
Once the Pall Mall Art Advisors folks started looking into stuff, they saw that stuff wasn’t right.
found out, contacted Priore, and put an end to his extra income once they found out all the alleged goings on that weren’t suppose to be going on.
Such goings on
like selling Isaac Newton’s “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” and forging the library’s authorizing signer’s signature in order to sell former President Thomas Jefferson’s letter. Jefferson’s letter
was on sale on the online and it was reportedly sold to the fame Bartleby’s in New York. Newton’s
“Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” has an estimated value of $900,000, and Jefferson’s letter is valued at $95,000.
The most expensive collection
the two allegedly sold was Prince Alexander Philipp Maximillan’s and Karl Bodmer’s “Reise in das Innere Nord-America,” which has an estimated value of $1.2 million.
The library was able to get back some of the books and collections, which have an estimated value of $1.1 million. Schulman
reportedly stashed some of the books and collections away in a warehouse he owned.
It’s being reported
that Schulman got most of the bread while leaving Priorie with only crumbs. And when I say “crumbs,”
I mean between $40,000 to $50,000.
If that is the case, it makes this whole little illegal operation even worse for Priorie.
There Priorie was, for 20-years, allegedly helping Schulman to fatten his wallet while he, Priorie, only got paid money that is probably less than what he makes in a year.
Now, they are both more than likely going to a place where they will make less than what they made in a year on the outside.
STEALING! That’s what they are accused of doing. STEALING from an institution of higher learning where young folks go to read those books so that they can one day make more money by writing some books that may end up in a library, Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, or on eBay!