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Robben Island is ‘under threat’

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Authorities in Cape Town, South Africa, have expressed grave concern about what they describe as the deteriorating state of Robben Island. Nelson Mandela was held prisoner on the island for most of the 27 years he was in jail, and it is now a World Heritage site and major tourist attraction. But ...

FBI investigates forgery claims against La. couple

Friday, October 30th, 2009

FBI investigates forgery claims against La. couple By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN (AP) BATON ROUGE, La. — The old man's sales pitch sounded plausible enough to art collector Don Fuson. The warning signs didn't appear until after Fuson paid him $30,000 for what he thought were paintings by renowned folk artist Clementine Hunter. By the ...

UN body overseeing worlds great heritage sites elects 12 new members

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Oct 30,2009 United Nations UN body overseeing worlds great heritage sites elects 12 new members 29 October 2009 - The United Nations body that seeks to preserve internationally renowned cultural and natural sites around the world, from the pyramids of Egypt to Australias Great Barrier Reef, has elected 12 new members as the number of sites ...

Museum theft – A MAN hired to put up shelves at Tullie House in Carlisle stole four dolls worth £2,000.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Man admits dolls theft A MAN hired to put up shelves at Tullie House in Carlisle stole four dolls worth £2,000. Kevin Taylor, 27, was working at the museum for a contractor last year when he was told by a member of staff that the dolls were valuable. He took three wax-faced and one pot-faced figures then ...

Buch mit Goethe-Eintrag auf Buchmesse gestohlen

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Frankfurt/Main (dpa) Ein wertvolles Buch mit handschriftlichen Eintragungen Johann Wolfgang von Goethes ist auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse gestohlen worden. Der Wert des Werkes betrage etwa 68000 Euro, sagte ein Polizeisprecher und bestätigte damit einen Bericht der «Bild»-Zeitung. Das Freundschaftsalbum des ungarischen Nationalökonomen Gregor von Berzeviczy (1763-1822) enthielt eine Sammlung von Widmungen. Außer Goethe hatten sich unter anderem Johann Gottfried Herder ...

Polen und Russland streiten um Beutekunst

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Aus den Museen in Polen sind während des Zweiten Weltkriegs und in den Jahren danach schätzungsweise rund eine Million Kunstwerke entführt worden. Neben den Nazis sollen dafür auch die Sowjets verantwortlich sein, die sich ebenfalls in den Museen in Warschau, Danzig und anderen polnischen Städten bedient haben. Nachdem es Polen ...

CHENNAI – Priceless emerald sivalingams without security in temples

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Priceless emerald sivalingams without security in temples K Praveen Kumar, TNN 30 October 2009, 03:03am IST CHENNAI: When the idol wing of the economic offence wing seized an emerald sivalingam from two men in the city last Monday, many could not believe that the little idol was worth Rs 50 crore. There are many more priceless ...

Major fire damage being cleared at German castle; 16th-century Schloss Ebelsbach destroyed

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Emergency safety measures are in place and the clearing of debris has begun on a Renaissance-period castle in southern Germany, which was destroyed by a fire in mid-September, causing damage estimated by police at several million euros. The roof of the structure has already been removed and its charred beams have ...

Holding the Line Against Forgeries

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By BARBARA WALL Forgers have been duping the art world for generations, but advances in computer technology may sound the death knell of this illicit industry — and, at the same time, make it easier for collectors of major artworks to know if they are getting what they pay so handsomely ...

ICE Agents Recover Stolen Italian Artifacts Smuggled into the United States

Friday, October 30th, 2009

by Gary Nurkin — last modified 10-29-2009 08:30 AM Investigating officials have identified a large smuggling organization that appears to have moved items out of Italy to other locations in Europe from which they were smuggled into ...

Museum theft – A man appeared in court accused of stealing two helmets from the Museum of Reading.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Man faces charges for helmet theft October 28, 2009 A man appeared in court accused of stealing two helmets from the Museum of Reading. Robert Jermey, 35, appeared via video link at Reading Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he did not enter a plea to the two theft counts. He is charged with stealing a Second ...

Skopje – Macedonia has vowed to put a halt to illegal excavations at the country’s wealth of archaeological sites, many of which have already been ransacked by savvy smugglers digging up the rich treasures.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Smugglers 'stealing our heritage' October 29 2009 at 07:57AM Skopje - Macedonia has vowed to put a halt to illegal excavations at the country's wealth of archaeological sites, many of which have already been ransacked by savvy smugglers digging up the rich treasures. "The criminals are always a step ahead, they follow our activities and know exactly when ...

New legal right for Nazi-looted art heirs

Friday, October 30th, 2009

New legal right for Nazi-looted art heirs By Jessica Elgot, October 28, 2009 A new law has been approved to allow art looted by the Nazis and found in British museums to be returned to the heirs of the original owners. Labour’s Andrew Dismore, MP for Hendon, sponsored the ...

Cambodian temple puzzle nearly complete

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — On a muggy afternoon in Cambodia's ancient Angkor complex, workers in hardhats hunch over the world's biggest jigsaw puzzle, painstakingly assembling sandstone blocks. Walled-off from camera-toting tourists, they are finally close to completing an astonishing reconstruction of the fabled 11th century Baphuon Temple. "This is not easy to ...

museum theft – More war medals have been reported missing, this time from a Waikato museum, in what appears to be an historical theft.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

More war medals reported missing 28-Oct 15:52 More war medals have been reported missing, this time from a Waikato museum, in what appears to be an historical theft. The loss of 30 war medals was discovered only after one of the Te Awamutu Museum's medals was put up for sale by an ...

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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CHINESE RESEARCH ARTEFACTS LOOTED IN ANGLO-FRENCH ATTACK ON SUMMER PALACE IN 1860: DO “GREAT MUSEUMS” NOT KEEP RECORDS?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

read full text at: http://www.museum-security.org/china.htm

Maatregelen tegen gewapende overvallen

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Beveiligers moeten niet de pretentie hebben dat gewapende overvallen geheel kunnen worden voorkomen; niet-beveiligers moeten van het vooroordeel af dat gewapende overvallen helemaal niet kunnen worden voorkomen. lees volledige tekst: http://www.handboekveiligheidszorgmusea.nl/2009/10/28/maatregelen-tegen-gewapende-overvallen/

Maatregelen tegen gewapende overvallen

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Beveiligers moeten niet de pretentie hebben dat gewapende overvallen geheel kunnen worden voorkomen; niet-beveiligers moeten van het vooroordeel af dat gewapende overvallen helemaal niet kunnen worden voorkomen. lees volledige tekst: http://www.handboekveiligheidszorgmusea.nl/2009/10/28/maatregelen-tegen-gewapende-overvallen/

The Met returns Egyptian artifact

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The Met returns Egyptian artifact CAIRO — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will return to Egypt a fragment of an ancient pharoanic shrine it purchased from a collector, Egypt's antiquities department said Monday. The Supreme Council of Antiquities said that a piece of a red granite shrine, known as a "naos," ...

“They came like thieves in the night” – How ABN Amro impounded €40 million worth of art from Dutch museum

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

As the specialist art press busies itself with yawn-inducing non-stories such as Tracey Emin’s feeble 'defence' of Damien Hirst’s critically demolished paintings at the Wallace Collection, a story with rather more significant implications for the art world has been unfolding over in Holland, as I reported here. read full text: http://tom-flynn.blogspot.com/2009/10/they-came-like-thieves-in-night-how-abn.html

Looting Mali’s History. As demand for its antiquities soars, the West African country is losing its most prized artifacts to illegal sellers and smugglers

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Looting Mali's History As demand for its antiquities soars, the West African country is losing its most prized artifacts to illegal sellers and smugglers • By Joshua Hammer • Photographs by Aaron Huey • Smithsonian magazine, November 2009 I'm sitting in the courtyard of a mud-walled compound in a village in central ...

Native American rights art stolen

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

A called a lack of respect. The exhibit, which has been in the courtyard outside of Snyder-Phillips Hall for the past six and a half months, consisted of 12 metal signs valued at as much as $10,000. Each of the signs was marked with the words “Michigan, today your host is,” ...

Islamabad – Ministry awaits return of 290 stolen artefacts.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

The Ministry of Culture is endeavouring for return of over 290 stolen artefacts from Italy and UK that were recovered two years back. Official sources in the ministry told APP that some 198 priceless objects were recovered from the UK and these 4,000 years old pottery items were handed over to ...

eBay to limit sale of cultural artefacts. Switzerland’s Federal Culture Office and online auction house eBay have agreed to limit the sale of archaeological artefacts over the internet.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The memorandum of understanding, signed on Tuesday in collaboration with the Federal Police Office and the Association of Swiss Cantonal Archaeologists, follows a successful three-month pilot project in 2008. eBay "will only permit the sale of archaeological artefacts in Switzerland with proof of legality issued by the competent authorities in Switzerland ...

Kwame Opoku – HAWASS REQUESTS RETURN OF NEFERTITI, EGYPTIAN QUEEN HELD IN BERLIN, GERMANY

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

We may not all agree with Zahi Hawass in many aspects of restitution but we cannot deny that the energetic Egyptian cultural activist has a perfect sense of timing and is, in many ways, a very sophisticated strategist that many countries would be well-served to possess. He first requested from the ...

Emporia State University Fossil Thefts. Security will be tightened at an Emporia State University museum after the theft of several valuable fossils from the school’s collection.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

By Russ Morgan (Contact) Security will be tightened at an Emporia State University museum after the theft of several valuable fossils from the school’s collection. The thefts were reported early last week, but the fossil specimens from the Johnston Geology Museum are believed to have been removed sometime the week before, according to professor and museum director Michael Morales. Three fossil ...

Trial date for da Vinci accused

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Five men facing extortion charges over the recovery of the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece Madonna with the Yarnwinder are to stand trial next year. The artwork was found in Glasgow in 2007 - four years after it was stolen from Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill, in Dumfries and Galloway. At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Kinclaven ...

Robert K. Wittman – Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures, by Robert K. Wittman (Author), John Shiffman (Author) pre-order this book at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0307461475/ref=cm_sw_su_dp Book's release expected June 2010

Egypt Demands Return of Nefertiti Statue

Monday, October 19th, 2009

By JUDY DEMPSEY BERLIN — Culture lovers, visitors and the city authorities of Berlin were reveling in the reopening Friday of the Neues Museum in the heart of the German capital by Chancellor Angela Merkel, the culmination of decades of efforts to renovate a special site destroyed during World War II. But the celebrations have been marred ...

China will send an expert team to trace and document relics taken from the Old Summer Palace that are now in foreign countries, a park official said on October 18

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Relic hunters descend on US, European museums China Daily, October 19, 2009 China will send an expert team to trace and document relics taken from the Old Summer Palace that are now in foreign countries, a park official said on October 18. The team of experts will visit museums, libraries and private collectors ...

museum theft – Precious stones stolen in Iceland

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Precious stones stolen in Iceland By Alex on Oct 18, 2009 in Finance and Business, General, Iceland, MBL Around 500 crystals, which were on display in Berufjordur, Iceland, were stolen some time this week. The thieves concentrated solely on the gem exhibition and left everything else alone. The museum, Teigarhornid is considered one ...

HAWASS REQUESTS ROSETTA STONE: WILL BRITISH MUSEUM MAKE A BOLD CONCILIATORY GESTURE?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

In an article entitled Egypt asks British Museum for the Rosetta Stone after Louvre victory, the British Daily Telegraph reports that soon after the Louvre has agreed to return the stolen frescoes, Zahi Hawass, the dynamic Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities has asked the British Museum for a ...

Owner of stolen Andy Warhol paintings waives insurance policy

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The West L.A. art collector, who reportedly stood to recoup $25 million for the 11 pieces, told the Seattle Times that he doesn't want to go through the hassle of the insurer's investigation. By Joel Rubin 8:08 PM PDT, October 15, 2009 The owner of a multimillion-dollar collection of artwork stolen last month has unexpectedly waived the insurance ...

Old product blamed in sprinkler misfire

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009 Fire officials still aren’t sure why a fire sprinkler malfunctioned at the State Historical Society of Missouri last month, although they have deemed the sprinkler head is a product no longer being produced. The faulty sprinkler head was manufactured by Simplex-Grinnell in the mid-1970s and was designed to activate when exposed to ...

The investigation of an alleged $80 million theft of a Harvard doctor’s art collection has taken yet another bizarre turn, with the Boston Globe now reporting that officials are looking into whether the doctor’s business partner is to blame.

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

New Potential Suspect In Art Theft Investigation Published On 10/15/2009 1:14:46 AM By ZOE A.Y. WEINBERG Contributing Writer The investigation of an alleged $80 million theft of a Harvard doctor’s art collection has taken yet another bizarre turn, with the Boston Globe now reporting that officials are looking into whether the doctor’s business partner ...

robbery attempt / Roban en el Museo de Ciencias Naturales de La Plata

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Miércoles 14 de octubre de 2009 | 08:08 (actualizado a las 08:08) Noticias de Información general: anterior | siguiente Tres ladrones intentaron asaltar la caja fuerte del Museo de Ciencias Naturales de La Plata, y al no poder abrirla, se llevaron solamente dinero, celulares y algunas pertenencias de valor de dos empleados y ...

Iraq blocks sale of Mesopotamian artifacts in German auction

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Iraq blocks sale of Mesopotamian artifacts in German auction Iraqi diplomats in Germany have stopped the sale of 28 Mesopotamian artifacts believed to have been smuggled from the country in the years since the 2003-U.S. invasion. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked the Iraqi embassy in Germany to appoint a lawyer and launch a lawsuit to have the artifacts ...

Italian police working with the FBI have recovered more than 1,000 Italian artifacts found in the home of a U.S. collector, ranging from medieval scrolls to a letter signed by former dictator Benito Mussolini

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Italian officials assist in returning artifacts worth $4M ReutersSeptember 25, 2009 Italian police working with the FBI have recovered more than 1,000 Italian artifacts found in the home of a U.S. collector, ranging from medieval scrolls to a letter signed by former dictator Benito Mussolini. The 1,140 pieces, valued at more than $4 million, were part of a collection of 3,500 ...