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Safed deputy mayor indicted for stealing art

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

The deputy mayor of Safed, Reuven Sadeh, was indicted yesterday for stealing 23 valuable works of art from the city. Sadeh, 50, is currently running for reelection to the city council in next month's municipal elections. According to the indictment, which was filed in the Nazareth District Court, the stolen artwork was ...

L'Europe au chevet de la sécurité des musées

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

publié le 27 octobre 2008 Dans le cadre de la présidence française du Conseil de l'Union européenne, le ministère de la Culture a organisé au musée d'Orsay, le 23 octobre, une réunion des responsables des musées des vingt-sept Etats membres. Le point clé à l'ordre du jour portait sur la sécurité ...

New Zealand: How Campbell cracked medals mystery – by accident

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

A secret meeting between TV3 star John Campbell and one of the men charged over the theft of historic medals from the Army Museum at Waiouru was caught by a hotel security camera and helped police make arrests. The controversial Campbell Live interview was screened in February, just months after two ...

RETRACING THE NAZI BOOK THEFT. German Libraries Hold Thousands of Looted Volumes

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

By Michael Sontheimer Hundreds of thousands of book stolen by the Nazis are still in German libraries. A few librarians are acting like detectives, searching for the books and hoping to return them to the former owners or their families. However, many libraries have shown little interest in the troubling legacy ...

Wildfire near LA's Getty museum contained

Friday, October 24th, 2008

By ANDREW DALTON LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire burned 100 acres of brush and grass near the world-famous Getty art museum before it was doused early Thursday without causing any damage or injuries, fire officials said. Nearby Interstate 405 was closed for about four hours but reopened at 6 a.m., as ...

Protected: The New Yorker book review: The art forger who became a national hero (The case of Han van Meegeren)

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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Winchester, MA – About 37 years after it was first reported stolen, a painting belonging to a Winchester resident has been re-discovered. (Art Loss Register)

Friday, October 24th, 2008

PAINTING FOUND: Search on for local owner of formerly long lost art By Eric Tsetsi/Staff Writer Winchester, MA - About 37 years after it was first reported stolen, a painting belonging to a Winchester resident has been re-discovered. According to the Art Loss Register, an international non-profit organization that tries to deter art theft ...

HBJ Gateley Wareing duo caught up in art heist trial (about Leonardo's Madonna of the Yarnwinder)

Friday, October 24th, 2008

HBJ Gateley Wareing duo caught up in art heist trial Oct 22 2008 By Tom Scotney It was one of the most audacious capers of recent times. Two men walked into Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland, overpowered a security guard and grabbed one of the world’s most valuable paintings from the wall. As sirens sounded ...

Spain. Recoveru sculpture: Recuperan el busto de José Pérez Guerra que fue sustraído de una plaza

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Recuperan el busto de José Pérez Guerra que fue sustraído de una plaza Image: http://snipurl.com/4nh3c [www_huelvainformacion_es] La Guardia Civil ha detenido a un joven de 18 años, vecino de Aljaraque, como presunto autor del robo Europa Press/ Huelva | Actualizado 22.10.2008 - 13:53 Agentes del Equipo de Policía Judicial de la Guardia Civil ...

Spenden für das Denkmal von Kleist (theft sculptures Frankfurt, Germany)

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Spenden für das Denkmal von Kleist Donnerstag, 23. Oktober 2008 02:42 - Von Jeanette Bederke So viel Aufmerksamkeit hatte Heinrich von Kleist in seiner Geburtsstadt schon lange nicht mehr: Bisher unbekannte Buntmetalldiebe haben vom Denkmal des berühmtesten Frankfurters in der vergangenen Woche drei wertvolle Bronzereliefs gestohlen, um die Metalltafeln vermutlich bei ...

WILL BRITAIN JOIN OTHER NATIONS IN RETURNING STOLEN/LOOTED ARTWORKS TO THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

It looks as if Britain is finally coming to the conclusion that stolen/looted cultural objects should be returned to their rightful owners. According to a report in the Telegraph, new legislation is on the way to allow the British Museum and other national museums to return artworks that were stolen/looted ...

DISSATISFACTION WITH LACK OF PROGRESS IN RESTITUTION OF BENIN ARTEFACTS

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Who knows how great his inspiration might have been on Nigerian music had he stayed in Benin rather than be hidden in the British Museum? The lack of reaction from Western holders of Benin artefacts to the several calls by Nigerians for restitution is causing anger in many circles. The report below deals ...

SHALL WE LEARN FROM ZAHI HAWASS ON HOW TO RECOVER STOLEN/LOOTED CULTURAL OBJECTS? (Kwame Opoku)

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

We may not all agree with Zahi Hawass in his style and manner of approach to the issue of restitution of stolen or looted artefacts but there is no denying that the famous Egyptologist, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, has been extremely effective in his tasks ...

Peter Tompa: Brent R. Benjamin of Saint Louis Art Museum Named to CPAC Museum Seat

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Peter Tompa: Brent R. Benjamin of Saint Louis Art Museum Named to CPAC Museum Seat The White House has announced that Brent R. Benjamin of the Saint Louis Art Museum has been named to a seat on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee to represent the interests of the museum community. Mr. ...

MORE DEMANDS FOR THE RESTITUTION OF STOLEN/LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS (kwame Opoku)

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Hardly a day passes by without some call for the return of the stolen cultural objects of Benin. In the whole of Africa people are incensed when they hear about the unjustified invasion of Benin by the British in 1897 and above all, the looting and burning of Benin City. ...

More about Brent R. Benjamin's appointment as member of the Cultural Property Advisory Comittee (David Gill)

Monday, October 13th, 2008

CPAC: New Appointment Original blog with all links: http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2008/09/cpac-new-appointment.html While most of us have been following the "credit crunch" and yesterday's surprise vote in Washington (what the BBC has termed a "bail-out failure"), the White House announced a new member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC): Brent R. Benjamin, Director ...

Dr. Derek Fincham: Brent Benjamin Appointed to CPAC

Monday, October 13th, 2008

More options Oct 13, 4:36 pm Brent Benjamin Appointed to CPAC (cross-posted with relevant links at http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/2008/10/brent-benjamin-appointed-to-cpac.html) Dr. Derek Fincham The White House announced back in September that President Bush will nominate Brent R. Benjamin to serve on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee for three years. David Gill commented on the appointment, as did Wayne Sayles. Earlier in ...

Thieves make off with Austrian church organ pipes

Monday, October 13th, 2008

VIENNA (AFP) — Thieves broke into a church in a small town in central Austria and stole scores of tin organ pipes, probably for their value as scrap metal, its pastor reported Monday. They dismantled and removed 122 tin pipes from the instrument, leaving only those in wood and tinplate, according ...

Damien Hirst to be nationalized as financial crisis deepens

Monday, October 13th, 2008

By our art-crunch correspondents Hanky-Panky Paulson and Banksy Bernanky Damien Hirst, the wealthiest artist the world has ever known and a colossus of corporate finance, faces nationalization say City analysts. As the financial meltdown edged ever closer to the core of the nuclear reactor that is the international banking system, there were mounting ...

Rare map of Canada under scrutiny after Harvard thefts

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Randy Boswell Canwest News Service Sunday, October 12, 2008 A rare print of a 396-year-old map of Canada created by French explorer Samuel de Champlain - and billed by Sotheby's as "perhaps the most important single map" in Canadian history - is to be auctioned next month in Britain for up to ...

De waarde van normen. Studiemiddag Sectie Veiligheidszorg en Facility Management van de Museumvereniging op 13 november 2008 in het Auditorium van het Van Gogh Museum te Amsterdam

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

(zie de bijlage). Naast Claudia Urru (over de verbouwing van het Zeeuws Museum) en Theo Vermeulen (over de vitrines van De Verdieping van Nederland) geven Erik van der Heijden en Cees Kortleve van AON Artscope een presentatie over het belang van normen voor de verzekeraar. Met name naar die presentatie kijk ...

De waarde van normen. Studiemiddag Sectie Veiligheidszorg en Facility Management van de Museumvereniging op 13 november 2008 in het Auditorium van het Van Gogh Museum te Amsterdam

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

(zie de bijlage). Naast Claudia Urru (over de verbouwing van het Zeeuws Museum) en Theo Vermeulen (over de vitrines van De Verdieping van Nederland) geven Erik van der Heijden en Cees Kortleve van AON Artscope een presentatie over het belang van normen voor de verzekeraar. Met name naar die presentatie kijk ...

It cannot be true that BRENT BENJAMIN will be appointed as member of the CULTURAL PROPERTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Doing so the USA will defame itself internationally.

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Benjamin Brent knows that the Egyptian mask in the SLAM is a stolen mask and refuses to return it. Who sold this mask to the SLAM: dubious art dealer Ali Aboutaam (presently convicted in Egypt; there is an international warrent for his arrest!) It cannot be true that BRENT BENJAMINwill ...

Plattsburgh man gets jail time for museum theft

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

By ANDREA VanVALKENBURG Staff Writer October 09, 2008 04:00 am — PLATTSBURGH -- Matthew Boire trembled as he apologized for stealing and selling a Civil War uniform, a theft that has landed him behind bars for 90 days. The 26-year-old Plattsburgh man was facing a possible stint in prison when he returned to Clinton ...

The London auctioneers Bonhams are under pressure to withdraw several of the prized pieces from its forthcoming antiquities sale after a senior Italian politician raised questions over their provenance

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Italy tries to block sale of Bonhams antiquities linked to disgraced dealer Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent The London auctioneers Bonhams are under pressure to withdraw several of the prized pieces from its forthcoming antiquities sale after a senior Italian politician raised questions over their provenance. Francesco Rutelli, the former Italian Minister for Culture ...

insider theft: Police Suspect Art Gallery Theft Was Inside Job; $85,000 In Art Recovered

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

POSTED: 7:28 pm EDT October 6, 2008 UPDATED: 12:03 am EDT October 7, 2008 ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- After investigating a robbery at a St. Augustine art gallery, police said they suspect the heist was an inside job. Investigators were called to the Parkmara Galleries on St. George Street last Tuesday after an ...

Alain Lacoursière: «le Columbo de l'art»

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

André Cédilot La Presse Surnommé «le Columbo de l'art», le sergent Alain Lacoursière est de retour à la police de Montréal. Depuis trois ans, il était «prêté» à la Sûreté du Québec, où il a participé à la création d'Art Alerte, un site internet unique au monde destiné à combattre la criminalité ...

Centuries-old antiques stolen from Afghan museum

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

KABUL (AFP) — Antiques dating back 1,300 years have been stolen from a museum in western Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, blaming a "powerful gang" for the theft after a suspect was found dead. The national museum at Herat, the second largest city in Afghanistan, was raided last week, deputy culture minister ...

Insider theft: Ex-archivist stole state documents

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

By Jill Bryce Artifact thief to serve prison time ALBANY — A former state archivist and Civil War expert who stole hundreds of historical documents and artifacts belonging to the New York State Library and sold some of them over the Internet for personal profit was sentenced on Thursday to two to ...

TEN ESSENTIAL POINTS ON THE CONTINUED DETENTION OF THE BENIN BRONZES BY EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN MUSEUMS

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

The following are some of the essential points about the Benin bronzes that the reader must know and always bear in mind when reading about the looted cultural artefacts now in European and American museums. 1. Thousands of beautiful and fine Benin art objects were stolen by the British in 1897 ...

Power of observation Officer, hospital official were suspect's undoing

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

By Paul Leighton and Paul Tennant Staff writerS BEVERLY — An observant Groveland police officer and a conscientious plant operations manager at Beverly Hospital helped bring about Tuesday's arrest of Paul G. Galzerano on charges of receiving stolen property, investigators said. Galzerano, 56, of Groveland pleaded not guilty in Haverhill District Court yesterday ...

Brazen Thief Hits Wayne Co. Museum

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Police need your help to track down a man who allegedly stole a civil war uniform and sword at the Museum of Wayne County. Police say the theft was similar to an art theft at a museum in Mount Morris last week. A Wayne County Sheriff Department Investigator returned to the ...