Archive for November, 2009

FBI returns smuggled artifacts to Peru, Ecuador

Monday, November 30th, 2009

FBI returns smuggled artifacts to Peru, Ecuador MIAMI — The FBI on Tuesday returned 150 smuggled pre-Columbian artifacts, some more than 3,000 years old, to the governments of Peru and Ecuador, the agency said. The 153 pieces of jewelry as well as pottery, baskets, sculptures and figurines were found last April in ...

In WOII geroofd schilderij teruggevonden in VS

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

In WOII geroofd schilderij teruggevonden in VS De eigenares van het schilderij "Jong meisje in blauwe jurk", dat tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog werd geroofd, krijgt het schilderij dinsdag officieel terug. De eigenares staat als 4-jarig meisje op het schilderij afgebeeld. Het schilderij van de Belgische kunstenaar Anto Carte werd geroofd nadat de ...

Iran has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to protect the remains of a vanished Persian army of the Achaemenid empire in Egypt.

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Iran asks UNESCO to help over dispute with Egypt Iran has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to protect the remains of a vanished Persian army of the Achaemenid empire in Egypt. The request was made through a letter by Iran's Cultural Heritage, ...

Thai thieves target Buddha statues for home decor market

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Phra Athikansadaeng Premasilo, a 77-year-old abbot of Wat Dong Wai, inspects beheaded Buddha statues. Thai police are promising to get tough on criminals who steal historic artifacts. Photograph by: Sukree Sukplang, Reuters, Reuters Thai police promised to get tough with criminals who steal historic artifacts for the international market after a spate ...

Insider teft – Former director of Spain’s Guggenheim museum jailed

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Former director of Spain's Guggenheim museum jailed (AFP) – 1 day ago MADRID — The former financial director of Spain's Guggenheim Bilbao has been sentenced to 32 months in jail for stealing nearly half a million euros (750,000 dollars) from the museum's accounts, the court said Friday. Roberto Cearsolo admitted taking the money ...

Thai police vow crackdown on Buddha statue thieves

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Thai police vow crackdown on Buddha statue thieves Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:05am EST By Sukree Sukplang AYUTHAYA, Thailand (Reuters Life!) - Thai police promised to get tough with criminals who steal historic artifacts for the international market after a spate of thefts from the old capital of Ayuthaya outraged the public in ...

Dead Sea Scrolls’ collection history, and Schøyen Collection’s history

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

http://human-rights-archaeology.blogspot.com/2009/11/dead-sea-scrolls-collection-history-and.html The history of the collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls is very long and complicated; but since Martin Schøyen is 'one of the few individuals in the world... who owns Dead Sea Scroll material' (Shanks, 2002), their collection history might inform understanding of the Schøyen Collection's history.(1) Illicit trading, illicit export The ...

”Conto-Buch für Ali Baba”. Berufungsverfahren um möglichen Kunstdiebstahl dauert länger als geplant

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

''Conto-Buch für Ali Baba'' Berufungsverfahren um möglichen Kunstdiebstahl dauert länger als geplant Von Rolf Schlicher Landau. Am 16. November 1903 legte der Maler Max Slevogt ein Haushaltsbuch an. Auf dem Deckel der braun marmorierten Kladde steht "Conto-Buch für ..." - der Künstler hat handschriftlich hinzugefügt "Ali Baba". Im Verlag Bruno Cassirer war gerade der ...

Museum theft – Southland Museum quiet on thefts

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Southland Museum quiet on thefts By JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times A security breach at Southland Museum and Art Gallery has led to the theft of Maori artefacts, but the museum's manager is remaining tightlipped about how the six adzes were taken. Southland Museum and Art Gallery manager Gael Ramsay yesterday confirmed ...

Fossil theft: One of our dinosaurs is missing. The illegal trade is increasingly lucrative, with dire results for science

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

November 25, 2009 Fossil theft: One of our dinosaurs is missing By Cahal Milmo The illegal trade is increasingly lucrative, with dire results for science Armed with rock chisels, it took the thief only a few minutes to wipe out 135 million years of history. The fossilised iguanodon footprint was hacked out of the ...

The internet search giant, Google, says 14,000 images of the precious artefacts kept in Iraq’s National Museum will be available online from early next year.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Google to digitise Iraq artefacts The internet search giant, Google, says 14,000 images of the precious artefacts kept in Iraq's National Museum will be available online from early next year. Google's chief executive, Eric Schmidt, said the world should see Iraq's rich heritage and contribution to culture. "The history of the beginning of ...

malta – More than just jewellery taken in Zabbar church burglary

Friday, November 20th, 2009

by Elaine Attard The Zabbar church yesterday lost much more than just the jewels that adorned the parish’s statue of Our Lady of Graces when it was burgled on Saturday night. Zabbar vice-parish priest Josef Mifsud told The Malta Independent that the jewellery items just could not be valued. “Those jewels meant much ...

Religieuze schatten geroofd in Brugse kathedraal

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Religieuze schatten geroofd in Brugse kathedraal

German court orders return of ancient vessel to Iraq; But the gold vase is still believed to be held in Germany pending an appeal

Friday, November 20th, 2009

A German court has upheld Iraqi claims over a miniature gold vessel that for the past three years has been at the centre of a tangled dispute involving a Munich auction house, German customs, the Iraqi embassy in Berlin, an archaeologist, and a museum of classical antiquities. The case, which has ...

Was the U.S. unfairly blamed for damage to Iraq’s heritage?

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Last Saturday I wrote a Wall Street Journal opinion deploring the archeological fraternity's relentless and exaggerated criticism of the U.S. for allowing damage to Iraq's heritage. From the Baghdad museum to ancient sites around Iraq--most prominently the site of Babylon, where coalition forces had a base--the U.S. and allies were ...

Protected: 2 charged in fake Andy Warhol works

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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German court orders return of ancient vessel to Iraq

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

German court orders return of ancient vessel to Iraq But the gold vase is still believed to be held in Germany pending an appeal By Lucian Harris | Web only Published online 18 Nov 09 (News) A German court has upheld Iraqi claims over a miniature gold vessel that for the past three years ...

Riyadh takes a tough stand against illicit trading in antiquities

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

During the 19th session of the Antiquities and Urban Heritage in Arab World Conference, which was held recently in Riyadh, Professor Ali Al Ghaban, vice president of the Saudi Commission of Tourism and Antiquities' (SCTA) Antiquities and Museums Sector, announced that the Kingdom will fight sternly any illicit trafficking of ...

Thousands of documents damaged in Frankfort (Kentucky)

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Nov 16, 2009 Reporter: Janet Kim Email Address: janet.kim@wkyt.com They're valuable pieces of Kentucky history, but now thousands of state documents will need to be repaired all because of a water leak. Monday afternoon, workers at the State Library are figuring out just how much damage the leak did this weekend and what it ...

Kwame Opoku – NEFERTITI, IDIA, TIYE AND OTHERS REVISITED: NEFERTITI IN SPLENDID ISOLATION?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

NEFERTITI, IDIA, TIYE AND OTHERS REVISITED: NEFERTITI IN SPLENDID ISOLATION? “The history of the bust of Nefertiti shows very clearly how hollow it can sound when Germans and other Europeans refer to legal principles in relation to the “Third World.” Gert von Paczensky and Herbert Ganslymayr The intensive and extensive publicity surrounding the ...

Zahi Hawass regards the Rosetta Stone, like so much else, as stolen property languishing in exile. “We own that stone,” he told Al Jazeera, speaking as the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

A Case in Antiquities for ‘Finders Keepers’ By JOHN TIERNEY Zahi Hawass regards the Rosetta Stone, like so much else, as stolen property languishing in exile. “We own that stone,” he told Al Jazeera, speaking as the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. The British Museum does not agree — at ...

Nigeria Recovers $55m Stolen Artefacts

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

From Chinwe Ochu in Abuja, 11.16.2009 Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe,  at the weekend,  took delivery of two stolen Nigerian artefacts worth $55, 000 recently handed over to Nigeria by the French Customs in Toulouse, France. The two monoliths stone artefacts had been traced to the Bakar people of Cross Rivers ...

Protected: “Fairer Kunsthandel” auch online; Vereinbarung BAK – eBay diesen Herbst

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

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UK museums can return looted art

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Artefacts in national museums found to have been looted by the Nazis can now be returned to their rightful owners, thanks to newly-passed legislation. The Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Act gives national institutions in England and Scotland the power to return art stolen during the Nazi era. The bill was introduced earlier ...

Protected: Der Gotha Coup. Im Dezember 1979 wird das Schloss Friedenstein Tatort eines akrobatischen Einbruchs, der ungelöste Rätsel aufgibt.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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Australia – Roebourne art stolen and destroyed. Last Friday the landlord of the warehouse threw the entire collection (valued at $500,000) onto the street.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Written by Alan Richardson Roebourne Art Group sent 220 paintings to Perth last week for a major exhibition at Woodside. The paintings were stored in a warehouse in Perth. Last Friday the landlord of the warehouse threw the entire collection (valued at $500,000) onto the street. He claims the rent was not paid. It turns ...

Munch artwork stolen from Oslo art dealership

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Munch artwork stolen from Oslo art dealership OSLO — Police say thieves stole a valuable artwork by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch from an Oslo art dealer. Police spokeswoman Britt Boerve said Friday the thieves stole "Historien" — or "History" — from Nyborgs Kunst, a private art dealership in downtown Oslo, after smashing ...

Museum Theft – Venezuela – Sujetos roban en Museo de la Virgen del Valle y son capturados en alta mar

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Sujetos roban en Museo de la Virgen del Valle y son capturados en alta mar Esta noticia ha sido leída: 532 veces Cuando la tranquilidad reinaba en los alrededores de la Basílica Nuestra Señora del Valle del Espíritu Santo, aproximadamente a las dos de la tarde, seis sujetos portando armas de fuego ...

Exhibition to celebrate 40 years of hunting down and recovering Italy’s art treasures

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Artful Sleuthing Exhibition to celebrate 40 years of hunting down and recovering Italy's art treasures Italy has a plethora of law enforcement agencies. In fact, there are eight separate ones:  Arma dei Carabinieri (military police), Polizia di Stato (state police), Guardia di Finanza (financial and customs police), Polizia Provinciale (provincial police), Polizia ...

Some Art Loss Register stats

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Art thievery usually boggles the mind -- you can't resell a truly valuable piece -- and yet it flourishes. Do you know where it thrives, and where it's rising? Read full text at http://www.museum-security.org/alrstats.pdf

Cyprus – Ancient stone moved from Pissouri archaeological site

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Anna Hassapi POLICE ARE investigating what they believe to be the attempted theft of a giant 2,000-year-old standing stone (tripiti), which was been removed from the archaeological site in Pissouri. Although police later found the stone in a nearby field, it is believed that thieves intended to return with proper equipment to transport ...

12 charged after library books worth $87K stolen

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

12 charged after library books worth $87K stolen By SARAH KARUSH (AP) WASHINGTON — Authorities threw the book at 12 people Tuesday, accusing them of checking out pricey textbooks from a public library system outside Washington to sell for quick cash. The Prince George's County Memorial Library System in Maryland lost $87,000 worth ...

Are you hoping to have some art stolen? Move to the United Kingdom. That’s the message of a new report by the Art Loss Register (ALR), an industry group that tracks lost and stolen pieces of art. According to their records, the U.K. is home to more thefts than any other country on the planet, more than doubling the runner-up, the United States.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The World’s Most Dangerous Places to Own Art Published: November 10, 2009 NEW YORK— Are you hoping to have some art stolen? Move to the United Kingdom. That’s the message of a new report by the Art Loss Register (ALR), an industry group that tracks lost and stolen pieces of art. According ...

Erfahrungsaustausch “Sicherheit in Museen”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Erfahrungsaustausch "Sicherheit in Museen" Als vor 98 Jahren die Mona Lisa aus dem Louvre gestohlen wurde, belächelte man Kunsträuber oft noch als fehlgeleitete Kunstliebhaber. Heute ist Artnapping hingegen zum knallharten Geschäft geworden. Dies wurde auf dem 4. Erfahrungsaustausch „Sicherheit in Museen“ in der Münchener Pinakothek der Moderne deutlich, der in Zusammenarbeit von ...

A former Maryland resident admitted Monday that he tried to steal hundreds of books from the Library of Congress by pretending to represent a nonprofit called “The Book Exchange.”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Maryland Man Admits Stealing LOC Books Nov. 9, 2009, 5:34 p.m. By Emily Yehle Roll Call Staff A former Maryland resident admitted Monday that he tried to steal hundreds of books from the Library of Congress by pretending to represent a nonprofit called “The Book Exchange.” Vince Edward Karl Wells, 42, pled guilty to one ...

Fake certificates fuel art mart fraud

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Fake certificates fuel art mart fraud When the art mart was still hot and there were as many fakes as there were originals, the only way one could be sure that one was not shelling out a small fortune to be landed with a dud was to obtain an authenticity certificate ...

Return of Benin stolen artifacts: Edo seeks UN intervention

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Latest News Nov 8, 2009 EDO State government wants  the United Nations General Assembly  to prevail on the British government  and other suspected  looters  to return  stolen Benin artifacts. The government, in an address read by the special adviser to Governor Adams Oshiomhole on art, culture and tourism, Mr ...

Loot from Iraq and Martin Schøyen (again!)

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Report about Martin Schøyen that we published august 27, 2002: http://www.museum-security.org/02/103.html Again Martin Schøyen appears to be involved in dubious antiquities. A Norwegian Collector Shows BAR His Rare Inscriptions Hershel Shanks (Moderator's comment: The Biblical Archaeology Review recently published an extensive article about the Norwegian collector Martin Schøyen. This article completely ignores ...

A secret report on the chequered history of priceless Aramaic bowls loaned to a leading university has exposed an apparent attempt to cover up UK academic connections to a potentially deadly trade in stolen Iraqi antiquities.

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

UK scholars linked to 'stolen' bowls of Babylon Suppressed report reveals archaeological treasures were dug up after Gulf war A secret report on the chequered history of priceless Aramaic bowls loaned to a leading university has exposed an apparent attempt to cover up UK academic connections to a potentially deadly trade ...

Book thefts – The literate burglar

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Author Allison Hoover Bartlett on the curious psyche of a rare-book thief By Matthew Battles  |  November 8, 2009 Rare books provoke passion in collectors, who expend untold time and treasure in their pursuit. Some surrender their scruples, too. Take the case of John Charles Gilkey, who stole rare volumes, many ...