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A burst sprinkler valve on the top level of the National Library of Scotland saw water cascading down the building's 12 floors. Around 700 books were left soaked but staff admit they don't know which of the 14 million books were damaged.

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Big clean up after flood hits National Library of ScotlandLibrary staff are today inspecting some of the world's rarest books after a flood hit Scotland's national collection. A burst sprinkler valve on the top level of the National Library of Scotland saw water cascading down the building's 12 floors. Around 700 books ...

China's wrath over this week's sale of two ancient Chinese bronzes comes as more and more nations demand the return of heritage works — from Iraqi antiquities to the Elgin Marbles — with some snatched thousands of years ago

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

China wrath over YSL sale comes as restitution claims increase Saturday, 28 February 2009 by Fabienne Faur* China's wrath over this week's sale of two ancient Chinese bronzes comes as more and more nations demand the return of heritage works -- from Iraqi antiquities to the Elgin Marbles -- with some snatched thousands ...

Author would solve the Gardner heist

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

By Rick Koster Published on 2/28/2009 in Home »Features »Features Main Photo: http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=108c7d42-6ffb-402d-95ad-b6cd69b9e232 Are they in your neighbor's garage? Inside the Green Monster at Fenway? Stashed in an IRA fortress as a piece in a long-term political chess game? Well, dammit, they're somewhere. In March 1990, 12 works of art, including paintings by Degas, Rembrandt ...

ITALIAN POLICE announced on Friday they had recovered a haul of antiquities looted from tombs in the east-central Marche region. The booty, some 1500 objects in all, had been dug up by a team of "tombaroli", Italy's tomb raiders, and covered a period stretching from 8th century BC to 5th century AD. Among the most prized items were Hellenistic vases, drinking cups and a bronze statuette of the goddess Minerva

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Art hit squad takes on tomb raiders after relics looted. Public opinion turning against ‘tombaroli’. >From Philip Willan in Rome. Some 16 people have been reported to magistrates in Ancona for prosecution: three alleged tomb raiders and 13 of their alleged clients. Lieutenant Salvatore Strocchia, of the local carabinieri paramilitary police, said the ...

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

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Lord Myners faced questions over £3m ransom for stolen Turners

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Lord Myners, the minister who signed off Sir Fred Goodwin's £16m pension, was embroiled in another controversy over a multi-million pound payment during his time as chairman of the Tate Gallery, it has emerged. By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter Last Updated: 9:03PM GMT 27 Feb 2009 Following the theft of two Turner masterpieces ...

According to the powerful Fanjul family, the State Department has launched an investigation into Bruno Scaioli, an Italian-Argentinian art dealer who is suspected of trafficking artwork the Fanjuls say is rightfully theirs

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Fanjul Family Hunts Art Thieves By Deirdra Funcheon in Crime, Palm Beach, The Arts Thursday, Feb. 26 2009 @ 2:15PM According to the powerful Fanjul family, the State Department has launched an investigation into Bruno Scaioli, an Italian-Argentinian art dealer who is suspected of trafficking artwork the Fanjuls say is rightfully theirs. Not long ...

The FBI confirmed that its agents have searched a Lewiston home looking for clues to the 1990 theft of more than $300 million in artwork from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Art heist probe comes to city By Mark LaFlamme , Staff Writer Thursday, February 26, 2009 LEWISTON - This city for a time was the focus of an investigation into one of the most notorious art heists in history, officials said Wednesday. The FBI confirmed that its agents have searched a Lewiston home looking ...

China Tightens Control on Christie’s After Sale of Bronzes

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Published: February 26, 2009 BEIJING— Just hours after the sale of two Qing Dynasty bronze animal heads at Christie's auction of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in Paris, China announced that it would tighten oversight of the activities of the auction house. The Chinese government, as well ...

Jackie Chan wades into row over looted Chinese relicsFilm star condemns 'shameful' £28m sale of Qing dynasty sculptures

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Tania Branigan guardian.co.uk, Thursday 26 February 2009 14.43 GMT Jackie Chan has criticised the sale of bronze rat and rabbit sculptures. Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA± http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/feb/26/chan-china-looted-relics China's campaign for the return of two Qing dynasty bronzes plundered during the Opium wars received star backing today when actor Jackie Chan leapt into the fray. The ...

PARIS (AFP) — Two looted Chinese bronzes sold for 15.7 million euros (20.3 million dollars) each to anonymous telephone bidders at the Yves Saint Laurent art sale on Wednesday, despite protests from Beijing

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Chinese relics sell for 15.7 mln euros each at YSL auction 26 minutes ago PARIS (AFP) — Two looted Chinese bronzes sold for 15.7 million euros (20.3 million dollars) each to anonymous telephone bidders at the Yves Saint Laurent art sale on Wednesday, despite protests from Beijing. China had demanded the return of ...

Not surprisingly, the Chinese government and people have been unable to persuade the French or Christie's to stop the sale of two bronze animal heads looted from the Old Summer Palace in Beijing

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

So who did loot those French-Italian animal heads? Posted By: Richard Spencer at Feb 25, 2009 at 09:04:13 [General] Posted in: Foreign Correspondents Tags:Pierre Berge, Summer Palace, Yves St Laurent Collection Not surprisingly, the Chinese government and people have been unable to persuade the French or Christie's to stop the sale of two bronze ...

Es ist eine Schmach für Kriminalisten: Von den Bildern, die vor fast 30 Jahren auf Schloss Friedenstein gestohlen wurden, fehlt jede Spur. Im Dezember verjährt die Tat

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Bruch mit West-Stahl Es ist eine Schmach für Kriminalisten: Von den Bildern, die vor fast 30 Jahren auf Schloss Friedenstein gestohlen wurden, fehlt jede Spur. Im Dezember verjährt die Tat (TA vom 7. Februar). Erstmals spricht nun ein Major der Volkspolizei über die Ermittlungen, über die in der DDR der Mantel ...

A lord of the manor tricked an art dealer into buying a fake L.S. Lowry painting for £330,000 at a meeting in his room at London's Ritz hotel. Lord Maurice Taylor claims he told 'little white lies' so it would sound better

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Lord of the manor 'tried to sell fake Lowry for £330,000 at meeting in Ritz hotel' By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 12:49 AM on 25th February 2009 Lord Maurice Taylor claims he told 'little white lies' so it would sound better A lord of the manor tricked an art dealer into buying ...

Black-Market Antiquities Turned Over to Mexican Government. The Leoff-Vinot collection, made up of more than 8,100 pre-Columbian pieces bought on the black market, was presented here Tuesday by its new owner, Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

By Laura Gonzalez de Artaza XOCHICALCO, MEXICO – The Leoff-Vinot collection, made up of more than 8,100 pre-Columbian pieces bought on the black market, was presented here Tuesday by its new owner, Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH. Considered to be the most important antiquities collection in Mexico in private ...

Persistent efforts to recover thousands of looted artefacts and works of art have started to bear fruit with the return of around 5,500 pieces

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Treasure hunt starts to pay off * Martin Chulov and Maev Kennedy * The Guardian, Tuesday 24 February 2009 * Article history Persistent efforts to recover thousands of looted artefacts and works of art have started to bear fruit with the return of around 5,500 pieces. The recovery effort has spanned six continents, and ...

Protected: New lead in Gardner Museum art theft with ties to Maine

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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Holocaust Art and the Statute of Limitations

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

23 Feb 2009 11:22 am Since Sir Norman Rosenthal, a British curator and son of German Jews, called for a statute of limitations on Holocaust art claims -- insisting "history is history and that you can't turn the clock back, or make things good again through art" -- there's been an ...

Investigan el robo en el Museo de Bellas Artes de la cruz del 'Santo Domingo' de Martínez Montañés

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Redacción / EP La Unidad de Policía adscrita a la Junta de Andalucía ha abierto una investigación para esclarecer el robo de la cruz del "Santo Domingo penitente", obra del escultor Juan Martínez Montañés que se encontraba expuesta en la sala X del Museo de Bellas Artes de la capital hispalense. En ...

RIGA- A museum in Vainode, Latvia has been robbed of several valuable artifacts

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Museum robbed in Latvia Feb 23, 2009 TBT staff RIGA- A museum in Vainode, Latvia has been robbed of several valuable artifacts. The museum's head Alda Pruse told BNS that the thief took several items donated by former victims of the Stalin regime, a firefighter's helmet, old photo cameras, and a pair of binoculars ...

Sunken Greek treasures at risk from scuba looters

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Sun Feb 22, 2009 By Lefteris Papadimas and Daniel Flynn ATHENS (Reuters) - A corroded mechanism recovered by sponge divers from a sunken wreck near the Greek island of Antikythera in 1902 changed the study of the ancient world forever. The Antikythera Mechanism, a system of bronze gears from the 2nd century BC, ...

Kwame Opoku: IS IT NOT TIME TO FULFIL VICTOR HUGO’S WISH?,COMMENTS ON CHINESE CLAIM TO LOOTED CHINESE ARTEFACTS ON SALE AT CHRISTIE’S

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

In looking up the background surrounding the proposed auction by Christie’s, I came across some materials which I found very interesting and would like to share with readers. One of them was the statement attributed to Charles Gordon, British soldier, the other by the French writer, Victor Hugo. There ...

Terror victims seeking Persian relics in court

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer 12:55 PM CST, February 21, 2009 CHICAGO The professor opens a cardboard box and gingerly picks up a few hunks of dried clay -- dust-baked relics that offer a glimpse into the long-lost world of the Persian empire that spanned a continent 2,500 years ago. Matt Stolper has spent ...

ST. PETERSBURG — Thieves have stolen five pieces of glass art from two downtown galleries over the last year, and art lovers agree on one thing: The thefts don't make sense.

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Glass heists puzzling to art world By Curtis Krueger, Times Staff Writer Published Friday, February 20, 2009 ST. PETERSBURG — Thieves have stolen five pieces of glass art from two downtown galleries over the last year, and art lovers agree on one thing: The thefts don't make sense. The stolen artworks are worth only ...

BRATTLEBORO — Nobody was hurt and no artwork was damaged, but the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center had a scare Friday morning when its furnace began blowing carbon monoxide and other fumes into the furnace room rather than out the chimney.

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Furnace woes force evacuation of museum Reformer Staff Saturday, February 21 BRATTLEBORO -- Nobody was hurt and no artwork was damaged, but the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center had a scare Friday morning when its furnace began blowing carbon monoxide and other fumes into the furnace room rather than out the chimney. The Brattleboro ...

University of Iowa: Broken sprinkler soaks art library

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

February 21, 2009 Brian Morelli Iowa City Press-Citizen The University of Iowa's art collection can't catch a break, particularly from water. Last year, floodwater devastated UI's art campus and forced the relocations of much of the art campus and art collection. Early Thursday morning, a frozen sprinkler head burst, soaking a collection of 2,400 ...

Embarrassing mistake by publicity-eager Zahi Hawass; bronze statue returned to Iraq turns out to be a fake

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Oops, embarrassing mistake by publicity-eager Zahi Hawass: the bronze statue of what he described as an ancient Mesopotamian goddess and returned to Iraq appears to be a fake. More information soon. Read original report about the 'return' of this bronze statue at: http://snipurl.com/cd1sf

SARASOTA COUNTY – A former art dealer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling bogus paintings to two customers, including an elderly collector who has since died

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Art dealer sentenced for selling counterfeits By Todd Ruger Published: Friday, February 20, 2009 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: Friday, February 20, 2009 at 6:25 a.m. SARASOTA COUNTY - A former art dealer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling bogus paintings to two customers, including an elderly collector who has since ...

Kwame Opoku: WHEN WILL EVERYBODY FINALLY ACCEPT THAT THE BRITISH MUSEUM IS A BRITISH INSTITUTION? COMMENTS ON A LECTURE BY NEIL MACGREGOR.

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

When I listened to the recent lecture by Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum on the 250th anniversary of the museum, I was, at least at the beginning, very relieved. (1) I thought, finally we have the director of the museum, an avid apostle of the “universal museum”, who was recently ...

Protected: AMERSFOORT – De afwikkeling van de verwoestende brand in de Elleboogkerk in de Amersfoortse binnenstad sleept zich nog jaren voort.

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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insider theft: Former Malta paleontologist faces federal charges of stealing fossils

Friday, February 20th, 2009

The paleontologist who discovered Malta’s famed mummy dinosaur pleaded innocent Thursday to federal charges of stealing fossils from Bureau of Land Management land. Nathan Murphy faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison with another three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for the federal charges of theft ...

Sketching in the details of the Gardner heist. Ulrich Boser's retelling of the greatest art theft in modern times doesn't provide a solution but captures the dedication required to build up an art collection – and to steal it

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Sketching in the details of the Gardner heist Ulrich Boser's retelling of the greatest art theft in modern times doesn't provide a solution but captures the dedication required to build up an art collection - and to steal it Kriston Capps guardian.co.uk, Thursday 19 February 2009 A detail from Storm on the Sea ...

Protected: Christie’s Prepares for Yves Saint Laurent

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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Bremen will Diebstahl mit künstlicher DNA bekämpfen Erste Zusammenfassung

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

17.02.2009 17:15:03 - Bremen (AP) Als erstes Bundesland will die Einbruchshochburg Bremen Diebe und deren Beute mit dem Einsatz künstlicher DNA aufspüren. Nach dem Vorbild Großbritanniens und der Niederlande sollen die Bremer dazu ihre Wertsachen mit dem unsichtbaren Stoff markieren, wie die Polizei am Dienstag bei der Vorstellung des Projektes mitteilte. ...

Protected: The Cultural Affairs Agency plans to set up a panel of experts to discuss a compensation scheme covering damage sustained by artwork loaned by foreign countries for exhibition in Japan, according to sources

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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Yves Saint Laurent’s vast collection next week in Paris, saying they were looted from the imperial Summer Palace near Beijing nearly 150 years ago

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

China Seeks to Stop Paris Sale of Bronzes By DAVID BARBOZA SHANGHAI — China is stepping up the pressure on Christie’s auction house to withdraw two bronzes from its sale of Yves Saint Laurent’s vast collection next week in Paris, saying they were looted from the imperial Summer Palace near Beijing nearly ...

BRONZE Age axes found in Buckinghamshire using illegal metal detection were sold on internet auction site ebay

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Bronze Age axes sold on ebay 8:50am Monday 16th February 2009 BRONZE Age axes found in Buckinghamshire using illegal metal detection were sold on internet auction site ebay, English Heritage warned today. It said the practice, known as “nighthawking” was putting the country’s heritage at risk. The axes were sold to a collector in ...

Treasure raiders scooping up UK heritage

Monday, February 16th, 2009

• Archaeological study shows extent of looting • Few 'nighthawks' charged and penalties are paltry Maev Kennedy and Sam Jones The Guardian, Monday 16 February 2009 Not all treasure thieves tiptoe through the shells of Iraqi museums or churn up the deserts of Peru in their hunt for valuable antiquities. Nearer to home ...

"Fire! Recent Trends in Suppression and Mitigation" Ohio Museums Association 2009 Conference, April 6, 2009

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

From: Nicole Hayes <nicole [at] ica-artconservation__org> Subject: Conference on fire suppression and mitigation "Fire! Recent Trends in Suppression and Mitigation" Ohio Museums Association 2009 Conference Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls Akron, OH April 6, 2009 9-11:30am Presented by the Northeast Ohio Alliance for Response <URL:http://www.heritagepreservation.org/AfR/Ohio/index.html> with generous support from the Fidelity Foundation, Mr. Rapid/Water Out of Canton, and the Ohio Preservation Council. What ...

Protected: Park West Gallery’s Case Against Fine Art Registry Dismissed in Federal Court in Florida

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

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