Lost, Stolen Or Shredded

Series of programmes in which antiquarian book dealer Rick Gekoski tells the stories that lie behind five very different missing works of art.

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0101The Lost Library Of Herculaneum20060501

Pompeii was famously destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius.

But only recently are the literary treasures buried just along the coast being rediscovered.

0102Lost To The World20060502

The tragic trail of theft, murder and betrayal behind the rediscovery of the original manuscript of Mahler's famous song.

0103The Larkin Diaries20060503

Should Philip Larkin's final wish, that his diaries be destroyed, have been honoured? And what was in them?

0104The Lady Vanishes20060504

How the most famous painting in the world was stolen in 1911, and how the Mona Lisa was eventually recovered.

0105 LASTThe Lost Archive Of Kim Philby2006050520130530 (BBC7)

Spies pursued - Following the death of Britain's most famous spy, Rick Gekoski attempts to acquire Philby's diaries and effects. Are they as elusive as their former owner?

Following the death of Britain's most famous spy, Rick sets off to acquire Philby's diaries and effects - not altogether successfully.

0201The Great Omar2009081120100118

Rick tells the story behind the fabulous jewelled binding of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which was encrusted with over a thousand diamonds, rubies and emeralds and was regarded as the finest work produced by the bindery of Sangorski and Sutcliffe.

Sadly it went down with the SS Titanic and is still lying unclaimed at the bottom of the ocean.

Series of programmes in which antiquarian book dealer Rick Gekoski tells the stories that lie behind five very different missing works of art.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

The story behind the fabulous jewelled binding of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Rick tells the story behind the fabulous jewelled binding of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which was encrusted with over a thousand diamonds, rubies and emeralds and was regarded as the finest work produced by the bindery of Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Sadly it went down with the SS Titanic and is still lying unclaimed at the bottom of the ocean.

0202The Lost Career Of Charles Rennie Mackintosh2009081820100119

Series of programmes in which antiquarian book dealer Rick Gekoski tells the stories that lie behind five very different missing works of art.

Architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh is internationally celebrated as one of the most significant talents of the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

His creative genius and contribution to modern architecture and design is unquestioned, with his design for the Glasgow School of Art undoubtedly his masterpiece.

But commissions were few and support for his work limited.

Rick examines Mackintosh's life and work and asks why he received so little support during his lifetime.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Rick Gekoski examines the life of architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh is internationally celebrated as one of the most significant talents of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. His creative genius and contribution to modern architecture and design is unquestioned, with his design for the Glasgow School of Art undoubtedly his masterpiece. But commissions were few and support for his work limited.

0203Has Anybody Seen A Copy Of Et Tu Healy?2009082520100120

Written by James Joyce in 1891 when he was just nine years old as a protest at the death of the Irish nationalist leader Charles Parnell, the poem Et Tu Healy was printed by his proud father and distributed to friends and family; even the Pope was sent a copy.

But it was never published, and, apart from three lines, no copy of it has ever been found.

Rick Gekoski asks where might one be, and, if one were to be found, how much it might be worth.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series of programmes in which antiquarian book dealer Rick Gekoski tells the stories that lie behind five very different missing works of art.

Rick Gekoski asks where a copy of James Joyce's childhood poem Et Tu Healy might be found.

But it was never published, and, apart from three lines, no copy of it has ever been found. Rick Gekoski asks where might one be, and, if one were to be found, how much it might be worth.

0204The Cradle Of Civilisation2009090120100121

One of the little-reported but culturally significant effects of the war in Iraq has been the loss of works of antiquity from the country's museums.

From the Iraq Museum in Baghdad alone, it is estimated that 15,000 objects dating from the dawn of civilisation have disappeared.

Rick Gekoski examines how and why these Mesopotamian artefacts were looted and speculates on what may have happened to them.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series of programmes in which antiquarian book dealer Rick Gekoski tells the stories that lie behind five very different missing works of art.

How works of antiquity were looted from Iraq's museums and where they might be now.

One of the little-reported but culturally significant effects of the war in Iraq has been the loss of works of antiquity from the country's museums. From the Iraq Museum in Baghdad alone, it is estimated that 15,000 objects dating from the dawn of civilisation have disappeared.

0205 LASTThe Destroyed Portrait Of Winston Churchill2009090820100122

Graham Sutherland's portrait of Winston Churchill, commissioned by both Houses of Parliament as a tribute to Churchill on the occasion of his 80th birthday, was destroyed after his death by his wife because she hated it so much.

Photographs taken before its demise show the Prime Minister hunched with age and dark in mood.

A detailed study by the artist for the destroyed painting still hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

Rick tells the story behind this lost portrait and asks if the rights of an owner override those of the public, and if the Churchills had the moral right to destroy it.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series of programmes in which antiquarian book dealer Rick Gekoski tells the stories that lie behind five very different missing works of art.

The story behind a lost portrait of Winston Churchill which was destroyed by his wife.

Graham Sutherland's portrait of Winston Churchill, commissioned by both Houses of Parliament as a tribute to Churchill on the occasion of his 80th birthday, was destroyed after his death by his wife because she hated it so much. Photographs taken before its demise show the Prime Minister hunched with age and dark in mood. A detailed study by the artist for the destroyed painting still hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.