Two years since a pair of Gottfried Lindauer Māori portraits valued at almost $1 million were stolen in a ram-raid burglary, Kim Knight revels the mysteries within the mystery.

In the movie version, there is a secret room behind the oak-panelled study. Charlize or Scarlett or Catherine wears black eyeliner and even blacker Lycra. Art crime is sexy. Art crime is elegant.

Very early on April 1, 2017, a stolen Ford Courier ute drives up Auckland's Parnell Rd and stops outside the International Art Centre. Bang! The vehicle reverses into the plate glass window. Bang! The driver slams the accelerator