Archive for December, 2008

Protected: 2008: berichten over incidenten in de erfgoedwereld en de smet die de Brandraad’08 wierp op de collectieve erfgoedsector

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

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Museum theft. Roubo de obras raras no Museu Emilio Goeldi

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Roubo de obras raras no Museu Emilio Goeldi Coleção especial formada por quase duas mil publicações guardam quatro séculos de história natural e etnográfica das Américas e Amazônia. Criminosos furtam da Biblioteca da instituição in-folios, livros e coleções raras. Foram subtraídos 40 títulos do acervo. Agência Museu Goeldi- Na última semana, uma descoberta desagradável ...

Swindler extraordinaire Bernard Madoff got a taste of his own medicine last weekend when a burglar stole a $10,000 statue from his posh, $9.4 million Palm Beach estate

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

BERNIE MADOFF A RIPOFF 'VICTIM' By JAMES FANELLI and ANGELA MONTEFINISE GONE: Bernie reported the theft of this $10,000 statue from his estate. Links and images: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12282008/news/regionalnews/madoff_a_ripoff_victim_146174.htm Swindler extraordinaire Bernard Madoff got a taste of his own medicine last weekend when a burglar stole a $10,000 statue from his posh, $9.4 million Palm Beach estate, ...

Luginbühls Skulpturen als Altmetall? Wo sind die Bronzeskulpturen, die Bernhard Luginbühl gestohlen wurden? Ein Experte glaubt nicht an einen Auftragsdiebstahl.

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Von Johannes Hofstetter. Wo sind die Bronzeskulpturen, die Bernhard Luginbühl gestohlen wurden? Ein Experte glaubt nicht an einen Auftragsdiebstahl. Buchstäblich über Nacht geriet Mötschwil in die Schlagzeilen: Unbekannte drangen zwischen dem 11. und 12.Oktober in das Atelier von Bernhard Luginbühl ein und stahlen elf Bronzeskulpturen im Wert von mehreren hunderttausend Franken. Von den ...

U.K. Fatal flaw: why masterpieces on loan could be lost to the nation

Monday, December 29th, 2008

£5m raised to save Titian, but lack of tax breaks puts works worth billions at risk Maev Kennedy The Guardian, Monday 29 December 2008 http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/dec/29/tax-breaks-art-loans-titian Before the new year, it is expected to be officially announced that Titian's Diana and Actaeon has been saved for the nation. The £50m price tag on the 500-year-old ...

Korea. YEAR-END REVIEW. Art industry suffers serious downfall. Fires, thefts, forgeries

Monday, December 29th, 2008

ORIGINAL REPORT PLUS ALL IMAGES: http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2008/12/29/200812290041.asp Dreadful flames swallowed Namdaemun, Korea's 600-year-old National Treasure No. 1, on Feb. 10, breaking the hearts of Koreans. As if in mourning over the loss of Korea's most artistic cultural asset, the Korean art industry itself was at a loss all year long. Already strained by various ...

December 2008: Twaalfde verjaardag Museum Security Network mailinglist

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Dear Museum Security Network subscribers, We started this list December 1996, so this month we 'celebrate' our 12th anniversary. For those of you interested in going back to the beginning we invite you to visit the December 1996 - April 2003 archives at: http://www.museum-security.org/artcrime.html April 2003 I forwarded a Pravda, Moscow, report about ...

December 2008: Twaalfde verjaardag Museum Security Network mailinglist

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Dear Museum Security Network subscribers, We started this list December 1996, so this month we 'celebrate' our 12th anniversary. For those of you interested in going back to the beginning we invite you to visit the December 1996 - April 2003 archives at: http://www.museum-security.org/artcrime.html April 2003 I forwarded a Pravda, Moscow, report about ...

Museum Security Network mailing 2008 list anniversary

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Dear Museum Security Network subscribers, We started this list December 1996, so this month we 'celebrate' our 12th anniversary. For those of you interested in going back to the beginning we invite you to visit the December 1996 - April 2003 archives at: http://www.museum-security.org/artcrime.html April 2003 I forwarded a Pravda, Moscow, report about ...

A call has been made for the only surviving document issued by William Wallace to be returned to Scotland.

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Call for return of Wallace letter A call has been made for the only surviving document issued by William Wallace to be returned to Scotland. The Lubeck Letter was sent by Wallace and Andrew Murray in 1297 to the mayors of Lubeck and Hamburg. It was written following victory at the Battle of ...

ZAHI HAWASS IN HIS ELEMENT: IS IT POSSIBLE NOT TO ADMIRE THIS MAN FOR HIS EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF EGYPT?

Friday, December 26th, 2008

I have just seen a video report of CNN on Zahi Hawass, the famous Egyptian archaeologist as interviewed and reported by CNN’s Ben Wedeman. Once you look carefully and ponder on the activities and statements by Hawass, you simply have to conclude that the man is totally dedicated and committed to ...

The return of Amenhotep III. The story of the theft of the head dates back to 1992, when antiquities restorer Jonathan Tokeley-Parry began stealing Pharaonic objects and smuggling them out of Egypt

Friday, December 26th, 2008

EGYPTIAN archaeologists were in high spirits this week as a greywacke head of the 18th Dynasty King Amenhotep III was returned to Egypt after two decades of being shunted back and forth between Switzerland, Britain and the US, reports Nevine El-Aref. The distinctive features, with full cheeks, wide, raised and slightly ...

East German church recovers stained-glass windows from Russia

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

* Legacy lost: Korea's missing treasures http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/t/499ba828cf3f8bdb?hl=en * New Zealand. Waiouru museum theft. War medal lawyer's no-show annoys judge http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/t/420326e287536da2?hl=en * Asia fights to stem loss of cultural treasures http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/t/2849325d6fa4e300?hl=en * PAKISTAN Customs’ seiz- ure on Friday of two Buddha statues bound for China once again brings to light the recurring issue of historical artefacts’ smuggling ...

Looted ancient treasures recovered in Basra 'sting'. Smugglers were planning to sell priceless artefacts stolen from museums to foreign collectors.

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Looted ancient treasures recovered in Basra 'sting'. Smugglers were planning to sell priceless artefacts stolen from museums to foreign collectors. By Kim Sengupta in Basra. Tuesday, 23 December 2008. Ancient treasures stolen from museums in the anarchic aftermath of the United States-led invasion of Iraq five years ago have been found in Basra, in ...

Protected: Legacy lost: Korea’s missing treasures

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

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Karlsruhe – Saurierforscher fürchtet private Sammler. Trotz einer Flut von neuen Funden entgehen den Saurierforschern durch private Sammler immer mehr wichtige Erkenntnisse aus der grauen Vorzeit.

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

«Wir haben nicht die Mittel, um vielen Sammlern Konkurrenz bieten zu können», sagte Eberhard «Dino» Frey, Saurierexperte des Staatlichen Museums für Naturkunde in Karlsruhe. Leidenschaftliche Sammler gebe es unter anderem in Japan und zunehmend auch in Dubai. «Die sammeln die Fossilien wie Kunstgegenstände.» Dabei geht es keineswegs immer nur um den ...

By removing antiquities from Third World countries, Western nations decided “who owns antiquity” long ago, and they did so with little regard for the integrity of sites or concern for what was best for all of humanity.

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

‘Antiquity’ argues past belongs to all By Claire McHale Milner “Thy walls defac’d, thy mouldering shrines remov’d/ By British hands…” With those words, Lord Byron, an ardent supporter of Greek independence, cried out against the British Museum’s acquisition of marble carvings removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin 200 years ago. Demands for the ...

NIFV Symposium Bescherming Cultureel Erfgoed bij Calamiteiten en de Brandraad’08NIFV Symposium Bescherming Cultureel Erfgoed bij Calamiteiten en de Brandraad’08NIFV Symposium Bescherming Cultureel Erfgoed bij Calamiteiten en de Brandraad’08

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Op 21 januari 2009 organiseert het Nederlands Instituut voor Fysieke Veiligheid (NIFV) een Symposium Bescherming Cultureel Erfgoed bij Calamiteiten. Tijdens dat symposium worden o.a. presentaties gegeven door Rene Hagen (werkzaam bij het NIFV) en Gerard de Kleijn, directeur van het Armandomuseum. Gezamenlijke deelname van beiden aan dit symposium heeft iets curieus. Als ...

YouTube video leads to graverobber's arrest. The discerning eye of a federal Bureau of Land Management employee and the investigative skills of Patrick's Point State Park Ranger Greg Hall led to the arrest of a Eureka man this week on suspicion of looting archaeological items from an ancient tribal village site

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Jessie Faulkner/The Times-Standard Eureka Times Standard Article Launched:12/20/2008 01:33:45 AM PST http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_11277958 At the center of the investigation was a video the suspect created and subsequently posted on YouTube showing him digging at the village site within Patrick's Point State Park. ”It was a bragging video,” Hall said. With a search warrant for YouTube, Hall was ...

HUTCHINSON, KS – Friday, crews were busy cleaning up the Kansas Cosmosphere. Employees arrived Friday morning to find about one-third of the basement level of the space museum had flooded

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Kansas Cosmosphere flooded By KSNW News. KSNW-TV. Dec. 19, 2008. HUTCHINSON, KS - Friday, crews were busy cleaning up the Kansas Cosmosphere. Employees arrived Friday morning to find about one-third of the basement level of the space museum had flooded. Staff immediately went to work securing the artifacts and documents in the collection, ...

Calcutta, Dec. 19: The CBI carried out raids on the Indian Museum and 16 other places spread over Calcutta and two other districts in Bengal on Friday night as part of a probe into allegations of corruption

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Indian Museum raided by CBI A STAFF REPORTER Indian Museum: Under scanner Calcutta, Dec. 19: The CBI carried out raids on the Indian Museum and 16 other places spread over Calcutta and two other districts in Bengal on Friday night as part of a probe into allegations of corruption. The agency’s anti-corruption wing had ...

HAMMOND, Ind. — Police are investigating the theft of four large paintings valued at $51,000 that were being stored in a former bank building in northwestern Indiana.

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Artists say they just want their paintings back Friday, December 19, 2008 | 8:02 AM HAMMOND, Ind. -- Police are investigating the theft of four large paintings valued at $51,000 that were being stored in a former bank building in northwestern Indiana. The largest of the paintings was 8 by 12 feet. They ...

Coleccionistas, víctimas de la contradicción en las leyes, defiende el galerista. Incautan en Francia un lote de 31 piezas arqueológicas mexicanas

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

■ La casa Binoche de París iba a subastar objetos precolombinos de Guerrero, Colima y Nayarit ■ La medida sienta precedente para que no se ofrezca patrimonio cultural, destaca el INAH Estas son algunas de las piezas precolombinas procedentes de México que fueron incautadas cautelarmente por las autoridades de Francia Foto: tomadas del ...

Carabinieri: sequestrati reperti archeologici e opere trafugate. I risultati di tre distinte operazioni condotte a Roma e nel Lazio dal Reparto Operativo Tutela Patrimonio Culturale

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

a cura di Valentina Braschi, il 18/12/2008 Un’importantissima stipe votiva, sconosciuta agli studiosi; preziose opere antiche rapinate ad un collezionista nel 2007; un mosaico romano in vendita su Internet. Sono questi i tre più importanti recuperi effettuati dal Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale grazie alle indagini e ai controlli svolti nell’anno ...

PIERRE, S.D. Fire damages State Library

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Associated Press - December 19, 2008 10:55 AM ET PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - State officials are checking damage after an overnight fire in the boiler room of the State Library in Pierre. It happened on the first floor, where renovation work is being done. Bureau of Administration Commissioner Jeff Bloomberg says sparks from ...

conclusions 6th Meeting of the INTERPOL Tracking Task Force (ITTF) to Fight the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property Stolen in Iraq, Lyon , France, 17 – 18 December 2008.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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Courtroom arguments over the theft of prized war medals have been delayed after the lawyer of one of the accused failed to turn up at Wanganui District Court

Friday, December 19th, 2008

War medal lawyer's no-show annoys judge Updated at 2:35pm on 19 December 2008 Courtroom arguments over the theft of prized war medals have been delayed after the lawyer of one of the accused failed to turn up at Wanganui District Court. Judge Michael Radford said he was "singularly unimpressed" by defence counsel Chris ...

Protected: Museum break-ins provoke improved security measures. Recent break-ins at the St. Francis County Museum are under investigation by the Forrest City Police Department.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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Protected: A 72-year-old Hudson woman was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury Wednesday for stealing more than $724,000 in cash and auctioned goods from her former employer, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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Protected: Ex-archivist at Mariners’ Museum gets 4 years in prison. He sold more than 3,500 documents from The Mariners’ Museum on eBay for $172,357.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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Italy recovers Greek goddess bust in antiquity raids

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Thu Dec 18, 2008. ROME (Reuters Life!) - A rare 9th century three-faced marble head of the Greek goddess Hecate was seized from a store in Rome's historic center after it was stolen by thieves last year, Italian police said on Wednesday. The unusual bust was one of hundreds of stolen ancient ...

A priceless sculpture which was expertly smuggled out of Egypt disguised as a cheap souvenir of itself is to be returned home.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Smuggled ancient sculpture returns to Egypt A priceless sculpture which was expertly smuggled out of Egypt disguised as a cheap souvenir of itself is to be returned home. By Sarah Knapton. 19 Dec 2008. The Head of Amenhotep III, a pharaoh who died in 1375BC, was stolen 18 years ago by a British smuggler. Jonathan ...

Uit Cyprus geroofde ikonen in collectie Heutink, grondlegger van het Ikonenmuseum Kampen? (update april 2009: Onderzoek Erfgoedinspectie en Korps Landelijke Politiediensten (KLPD): geen aanwijzingen dat het Ikonenmuseum beschikt of heeft beschikt over onrechtmatig verkregen iconen)

Friday, December 19th, 2008

zie update april 2009 onderaan deze pagina. zaterdag 22 november 2008 | 07:00 | Laatst bijgewerkt op: 18 december 2008 | 09:07 KAMPEN/GENEMUIDEN - De beherende Alexander Stichting van het Ikonenmuseum in Kampen is bijzonder in zijn nopjes met het 'vernieuwde' museum. Bij de officiële opening was ook aanwezig de heer Heutink ...

Protected: ARNHEM – De fouten bij de verbouwing van het Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, zijn een uitzondering. De renovatie kostte 3,4 miljoen euro meer dan geraamd, maar dat komt niet doordat er structureel op een verkeerde manier wordt gewerkt

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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Product information: new antitheft hanging system for paintings AccuHang

Friday, December 19th, 2008

+++disclaimer: the Museum Security Network only provides information about security techniques and is not responsible for the quality of these techniques. Ton Cremers+++ From: Boris Muchnik [mailto:BMuch...@accuhang.com] Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 7:21 PM To: El...@bruggemansolutions.com; toncrem...@museum-security.org Subject: AccuHang antitheft technology I am an inventor and manufacturer of the AccuHang- patented, wireless technology for ...

The Art Newspaper: Unesco inspection finds no evidence of recent looting in Northern Iraq

Friday, December 19th, 2008

By Martin Bailey | From Web only | Posted: 18.12.08 LONDON. A Unesco mission has visited northern Iraq, with transport and security arranged by American troops. The specialists visited four key sites—Nimrud, Ninevah, Ashur and Hatra—and found no evidence of recent looting. This was the first Unesco inspection since the 2003 ...

Now you see it, now you don't… 'Caravaggio' copy may be st… (Tom Flynn)

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

First it was reported stolen; then it was reported to have been recovered. Then it was suggested that it had not been recovered but was still missing. And then a nasty murder seems to have crept into the usual toxic brew of museum-break-ins, rumour, counter-rumour and underworld goings-on. Meanwhile, the ...

Antwerpen: kabinetschef mailt dat meerdere musea slachtoffer zijn van diefstal.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Deze kwestie krijgt een heel bijzondere wending. De kabinetchef himself gaat zich met de discussie bemoeien maar doet dat op een alles behalve intelligente wijze. Circa tien jaar geleden had ik een opdracht van de gemeente Antwerpen en Dr. Peter de Wilde suggereert nu dat ik riant betaald werd en ...

Museum theft. STUART — Two Port St. Lucie men were arrested on grand theft charges, after they were caught stealing the metal sculpture of a fish from outside the Stuart Heritage Museum early Sunday morning.

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Pair arrested for stealing fish metal sculpture By Staff Report Originally published 10:04 a.m., December 15, 2008 Updated 10:04 a.m., December 15, 2008 STUART — Two Port St. Lucie men were arrested on grand theft charges, after they were caught stealing the metal sculpture of a fish from outside the Stuart Heritage Museum early ...

A Seoul Metropolitan Council member and Buddhist monks will fly to the United States to seek to retrieve a cultural art piece that was stolen during Japanese colonial rule of Korea (1910-1945).

Monday, December 15th, 2008

A Mission to Get 'Stolen' Art Back From US Museum. 12-15-2008. By Bae Ji-sook. Staff Reporter. A Seoul Metropolitan Council member and Buddhist monks will fly to the United States to seek to retrieve a cultural art piece that was stolen during Japanese colonial rule of Korea (1910-1945). Council member Boo Doo-wan, Ven. ...