Archive for January, 2009

TREASURED Australian sporting memorabilia, including priceless NRL artefacts, have been reduced to ashes after a fire gutted one of Sydney's oldest photographic studios

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Sporting relics lost in fire By Yoni Bashan February 01, 2009 12:00am TREASURED Australian sporting memorabilia, including priceless NRL artefacts, have been reduced to ashes after a fire gutted one of Sydney's oldest photographic studios. Investigators spent yesterday at Melba Studios, on Victoria Rd, Gladesville, after a blaze started about 8.30pm on Friday. "There's ...

Second statue stolen from Wigan Pier

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

SINKING FEELING: The boat builder statue 30 January 2009 By Richard Bean A second statue has been stolen from Wigan Pier. Leisure chiefs have been left devastated by the disappearance of the boat builder, days after the pit brow lassie statue vanished from the same site. The evocative figure of a boat builder, positioned on ...

Norwich renews hunt for stolen Lincoln portrait

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By ADAM BOWLES Norwich Bulletin Posted Jan 31, 2009 @ 12:07 AM Last update Jan 31, 2009 @ 01:08 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Norwich, Conn. — In 1994, someone carefully cut a large portrait of Abraham Lincoln from its Victorian frame, which hung in the entrance of Norwich’s City Hall across from the city manager’s office, and ...

Career criminal paid $20,000 for helping recover stolen artwork. Martin Weigelt was given the reward because the information he provided helped police recover all 12 pieces of the Haida artist Bill Reid's work.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Martin Weigelt was at the centre of a controversy over a photo taken by Vancouver police following his arrest on Nov. 5, 2007. (CBC) The RCMP paid $20,000 to a career criminal for key information that led to the safe recovery of art treasures stolen from a B.C. museum last year, ...

AFGHANISTAN: RESURRECTION OF MUSEUM HELPING FORGE NEW NATIONAL IDENTITY

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Aunohita Mojumdar: 1/30/09 A giant granite bowl standing in the entrance to the newly rebuilt National Museum in Kabul embodies the complexity and richness of Afghanistan's past. Literally layered with history, the bowl was carved during the Buddhist era and inscribed hundreds of years later, after the advent of Islam. On ...

A Manhattan federal jury will be asked to decide next week if two of the New York art world's most famous names (Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation) have priceless Picassos with a Nazi past

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Fate of 'stolen' Picassos on trial By Thomas Zambito DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Wednesday, January 28th 2009, 11:36 PM A Manhattan federal jury will be asked to decide next week if two of the New York art world's most famous names have priceless Picassos with a Nazi past? Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff has rejected ...

SmartWater treatment brings church in 21st century. A very modern security method has been used to protect a 15th century village church.

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Dedham: 7:00am Friday 30th January 2009 A very modern security method has been used to protect a 15th century village church. The parish church in Dedham, which dates back to 1492, has been given the digital SmartWater treatment to guard it against theft. An all-weather colourless liquid, SmartWater contains a unique registered code which ...

FAIR TRADE – AFSCHEIDSSPEECH STEPH SCHOLTEN RMO – 29 JANUARI 2009

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Goedemiddag collega’s, vrienden. Ik voel me gevleid dat jullie allemaal de moeite hebben genomen om mij te komen uitzwaaien. Dank daarvoor. Het is wel een samenzijn, dat ik zelf met gemengde gevoelens beleef. Want de schaduwzijde van een nieuwe, interessante baan is dat je een andere organisatie verlaat. En in ...

RESPONSE TO THE GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDSON OF LORD ELGIN (plus responses by Marc Fehlmann and Anthony Snodgrass)

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

RESPONSE TO THE GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDSON OF LORD ELGIN. (Read Dr. Kwame Opoku writings: http://www.museum-security.org/category/dr-kwame-opoku-writings-about-looted-cultural-objects/) Dear Dr. Opoku For quite some time I have read with interest your postings on MSN and elsewhere and closely followed the heated debate on looting, illegal trafficking and restitution since I was a graduate student in the ...

Five rare watercolour drawings stolen from a St. Petersburg museum in the early 1990s are finally heading back to Russia after turning up at a Stockholm auction house

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Swedes hand stolen drawings back to Russia Published: 28 Jan 09 13:49 CET Five rare watercolour drawings stolen from a St. Petersburg museum in the early 1990s are finally heading back to Russia after turning up at a Stockholm auction house. * Karin Bergöö Larsson: Mother, muse and artist (9 Dec 08) * Stockholm ...

Protected: Park West Gallery, Defending Itself Against Defamation, Files Counterclaim in Michigan Against Fine Art Registry and Surrogates. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and FBI Art Team Legal Advisor Robert E. Goldman Joins Park West’s Legal Team

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

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First evidence of damage to Gaza’s cultural sites emerges; Antiquities museum hit; fears grow for excavated archaeology

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Lauren Gelfond Feldinger | 28.1.09 | JERUSALEM. After a 3,500-year history of invasions, the latest war on the beleaguered coastal strip of Gaza has once again put historic sites at risk. The fragile ceasefire in force at the time of writing has allowed some information to emerge about the fate of Gaza’s ...

Police seek help in hunt for stolen paintings; four paintings by renowned Scots artist Peter Howson have been stolen from a house in Central Scotland.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Each of the 12in x 10in paintings is valued at more than £2000 and all concern the subject The Hardman's Face. Police said one of the unframed paintings was oil-based while the other three were pastels. Police appealed for information from anyone who may have innocently bought them or who has ...

Quebec police crack down on art forgery

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

By Rene Bruemmer, The GazetteJanuary 27, 2009 1:01 PM SQ chief inspector for economic crimes Michel Forget looks over one of several statues stolen from parks and building under construction. The accused, Richard McClintock, is also charged with being in the possession of 80 paintings he forged with a total value ...

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece pledged Tuesday to provide financial and technical aid to help Iraq restore and conserve its damaged archaeological sites and museums

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Greece to help Iraq cultural reconstruction Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, left, and his Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis answer questions during a press conference after their meeting in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009. Bakoyannis said Greece has agreed to provide technical and financial aid to repair and reorganize Iraqi ...

16th-19th Century Stolen National Library Books Purchased Back in Peru

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

16th-19th Century Stolen National Library Books Purchased Back in Peru LIMA -- Historical books stolen from the Peruvian National Library, or BNP, among them one dated 1576, have been privately sold, the El Comercio newspaper and library officials said Monday. The four books from the 16th and 19th centuries, three of them ...

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police are looking for crooks who broke into a Kansas City, Kan., museum.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Artifacts Stolen From KCK Museum. Police Arrest One Suspect, Seek Another. January 26, 2009. KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police are looking for crooks who broke into a Kansas City, Kan., museum. Officers said the thieves stole several thousand dollars' worth of items. Police arrested one suspect in the case and recovered some of the museum's ...

Saudi Arabia. SCTA to retrieve national relics abroad

Monday, January 26th, 2009

P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News. JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), said Saudi Arabia was working hard to retrieve national antiquities within the framework of a comprehensive program. “We have been assigned by higher authorities to retrieve these antiquities after locating them. ...

Gold rush: The battle over sunken treasure

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Shipwrecks! Treasure! Gold, gold, gold! The hallmarks of treasure-hunting are the stuff of adventure stories, more than fun enough to make archaeologists, who are mounting increasing complaints against the pillaging of sunken ships, seem like wet blankets. But more is at stake than just a few loose doubloons, they say. "The ...

Now into its fourth year, the trial of Marion True, a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and an American antiquities dealer resumed on Friday in Rome

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Trial Resumes for Former Curator By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF Now into its fourth year, the trial of Marion True, a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and an American antiquities dealer resumed on Friday in Rome. Focus shifted to the dealer, Robert Hecht, who ...

Resurrecting the ruins of Aqar Quf; Iraqi district waits on national funds to bolster historic site

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

By Travis J. Tritten. Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Sunday, January 25, 2009 Photo gallery: http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=60207 ABU GHRAIB, Iraq — Shepherd boys scale the ancient tower at Aqar Quf with ease. The ziggurat’s clay-brick walls have eroded into steep cliffs over the past 3,500 years, and the shepherds go hand over hand on a ...

Row looms over Yves Saint Laurent's Qing treasures sale

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

By Le-Min Lim | 2009-1-25 A PLANNED Paris sale of two Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) bronzes from the late French designer Yves Saint Laurent's art collection is raising the ire of many Chinese who say they may sue auction house Christie's International. Liu Yang, who heads 67 volunteer lawyers, said ...

Possible embezzlement at Tucson Museum of Art

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

The Tucson Police Department Fraud Unit and the Arizona Attorney General's Office are investigating a case of possible embezzlement at the Tucson Museum of Art. Investigators say they believe between $200,000 - $300,000 is missing. Museum officials reported the money missing in mid-December. Tucson Police say the only suspect in the case ...

from: http://paul-barford.blogspot.com/: "We will be seeking legal advice about this posting on Monday"

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

We will be seeking legal advice about this posting on Monday. (Original text at http://paul-barford.blogspot.com/2009/01/we-will-be-seeking-legal-advice-about.html ) The Portable Antiquities Scheme threatens, "We will be seeking legal advice about this posting on Monday." The Portable Antiquities Scheme standing at the awkward interface between archaeology and portable antiquity collecting is no stranger to controversy. ...

Robert Burke Award 2009 uitgereikt aan David Liston

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

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David Liston 2009 recipient of Robert Burke Award

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Dear friends and colleagues, I just returned from visiting David at the hospital, and have attached a picture of JJ McLaughlin (Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Protection Services) presenting him with the 2009 Robert Burke Award. As stated in an earlier email, this was something that David had always ...

Kunstdiebstahl in Charlottenburg: 5000 Euro Belohnung

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

22. Januar 2009, 02:52 Uhr Drei Wochen nach dem spektakulären Einbruch in die Fasanengalerie in Charlottenburg sind jetzt 5000 Euro Belohnung für Hinweise zur Wiederbeschaffung der wertvollen Kunstwerke ausgesetzt worden. Staatsanwaltschaft und Polizei erhoffen sich davon endlich Fortschritte bei den Ermittlungen. Bislang sind bei den Behörden nach Auskunft von Justizsprecher Michael Grunwald ...

On behalf of Phoenix Ancient Art (Aboutaam)

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

From: Justin Perras [mailto:justin@dukaspr.com] Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 5:34 PM To: toncremers@museum-security.org Subject: On behalf of Phoenix Ancient Art Mr. Cremers, Below is a statement on behalf on Phoenix Ancient Art in response to the allegations made on Museum Security about Ali Aboutaam. I would kindly request that you post the statement in its entirety ...

Is it a coincidence that the names Aboutaam and Phoenix Ancient Art are linked to so many dubious transactions in antiquities?

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Aboutaam and Google search Also read: http://www.museum-security.org/?p=1159 http://www.museum-security.org/?p=928 and http://www.museum-security.org/?p=1159 More about the Aboutaams: Ancient alabaster stele goes home to Yemen after criminal investigation An ICE investigation of Phoenix Ancient Art and owners, Hicham and Ali Aboutaam, found that they were allegedly trafficking in illegally obtained art and antiquities, both violations of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural ...

Protected: The Aboutaams – renowned for their honesty – speak about arrest of Ali Aboutaam in Bulgaria

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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Turist sai Tallinnast võileivahinnaga 6 miljonit krooni maksva ikooni / illicit trade Russian icons in Estonia

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Turist sai Tallinnast võileivahinnaga 6 miljonit krooni maksva ikooni Pekka Erelt 150 000 KROONI: 1700. aastast pärinev ikoon kujutas prohvet Taanieli lõvikoopas ja stseeni loomisloost. Pärast pealmise värvikihi eemaldamist paljastus saladus. Vaata kõrvalküljele! (Renate Gerstenlaueri raamatust “Die Rach-Ikone”) Tallinna antiigipoest umbes 150 000 krooniga ostetud ikoon varjas ülemaalitud 400 aasta vanust pühapilti. Saksamaal ...

Iraq. New plan to retrieve stolen antiquities

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

By Zaynab Khudair. Azzaman, January 22, 2009. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has drawn up a new plan to retrieve “all the antiquities that have been stolen,” according to the minister, Qahatan al-Jibouri. Jibouri, whose ministry is in charge of the Antiquities Department, said the return of smuggled and stolen Iraqi relics ...

Austria Receives Significant Holocaust-related Art Claim in Decorative Arts

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Avignon, France – January 22, 2009 – Régine Elkan, a French national residing near Avignon, France, filed a large Holocaust-related art claim with the Austrian Commission for Provenance Research (Kommission für Provenienzforschung), an Austrian government body in charge of Nazi-looted art claims. The claim involves a prestigious ...

A former security guard at the Carnegie Museum of Art has pleaded guilty to slashing a $1.2 million painting with a key

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Carnegie Museum guard admits defacing painting. Thursday, January 22, 2009. By Jerome L. Sherman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A former security guard at the Carnegie Museum of Art has pleaded guilty to slashing a $1.2 million painting with a key. Timur Serebrykov, 28, of Greenfield, will be sentenced April 7 on one count of institutional vandalism. On ...

Egypt has asked Sweden for the return of 212 artefacts taken out of the country in the 1920s

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Egypt demands artefacts' return Egypt's chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass said they were taken in an "illegal manner" by Swedish collector Otto Smith from locations like Saqqara and Luxor. He said lawyers for the country's Council of Antiquities have contacted Sweden's Ostergotlands County Museum. The museum confirmed Egypt was seeking to recover about 200 ...

Flood damages archives at depot

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

By MICHAEL PETERSON Argus-Press Staff Writer Wednesday, January 21, 2009 9:58 AM EST DURAND - A water pipe that froze and burst flooded the more than 100-year-old Durand Union Station Monday. Officials say, though, because of the Durand Fire Department's quick response and the help of others, a major disaster was averted. The burst ...

Трафикант на антики заловен и пуснат у нас за рекорден срок От Дневник

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

http://www.dnevnik.bg/dnevnikplus/2009/01/20/618428_trafikant_na_antiki_zaloven_i_pusnat_u_nas_za_rekorden/?print=1 Последна промяна в 23:24 на 20 яну 2009, 1221 прочитания, 23 коментара Български съд е отхвърлил искането на Египет за екстрадация на ливанския гражданин Али Абу Таам, осъден на 15 години затвор по обвинение в подпомагане на кражба и контрабанда на египетски антики и издирван от Интерпол, предаде Ройтерс в понеделник ...

Bulgarian prosecutor Kamen Mihov and Bulgarian millionaire and art collector Vassil Bozhkov were alleged to have been involved in an elaborate scheme to let international art dealer Ali Abou'Taam escape extradition to Egypt

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Bulgarian prosecutor, art collector conspired to free controversial art dealer - journalist alleges 13:16 Wed 21 Jan 2009 - Petar Kostadinov Bulgarian prosecutor Kamen Mihov and Bulgarian millionaire and art collector Vassil Bozhkov were alleged to have been involved in an elaborate scheme to let international art dealer Ali Abou'Taam escape extradition ...

ZURICH (Reuters) – A Bulgarian court has rejected an Egyptian request for the extradition of a Lebanese man sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges of helping an antiquities thief smuggle artefacts, the man’s lawyers said on Monday

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Ali Aboutaam. Bulgaria rejects Egyptian extradition bid: lawyers Tue Jan 20, 2009 ZURICH (Reuters) - A Bulgarian court has rejected an Egyptian request for the extradition of a Lebanese man sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges of helping an antiquities thief smuggle artefacts, the man’s lawyers said on Monday. The Egyptian government ...

Protected: Bulgarian prosecutor, art collector conspired to free controversial art dealer – journalist alleges – Foreign – The Sofia Echo

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

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