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Archive for December, 2009

Theft Degas from French Museum may have been an inside job.

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

$48m art theft may have been inside job From: AFP January 01, 2010 2:21AM A PAINTING by 19th century artist Edgar Degas worth 30 million euros ($48.15 million) was stolen overnight from a French museum. The colourful image of singers performing on a theatre stage was missing when staff opened up the Cantini ...

savingantiquities: A Closer Look at China’s Intentions: Reacting to the New York Times (plus response by Dr. Kwame Opoku)

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

A Closer Look at China's Intentions: Reacting to the New York Times On December 17th, the New York Times published an article regarding China’s ongoing international mission to survey and examine Chinese antiquities taken from Beijing’s Old Summer Palace (or Yuanmingyuan 圓明園) that are currently house in museums and private collections ...

The Awkward Case for Preserving Holocaust Relics

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

By: Michael Scott Moore The theft in Poland of a Holocaust relic — the Arbeit Macht Frei sign at Auschwitz — had historians and memorialists around the world this month in an uncomfortable posture of outrage. Some of them seemed as upset as jewellers over the theft of the Hope Diamond, ...

Poland to ask Sweden for help over theft of Auschwitz sign

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Poland will formally seek Sweden's help in investigating the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Sets You Free") sign from the Auschwitz memorial, confirming that Polish authorities suspect a Swedish link in the crime. Published: 7:00AM GMT 30 Dec 2009 Boguslawa Marcinkowska, a spokeswoman for Krakow prosecutors, said her office would ...

Preserving the cultural heritage of Ghana [Do we have an ‘Acquisition’s of (Heritage) Arts team in Ghana?]….

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Preserving the cultural heritage of Ghana [Do we have an ‘Acquisition’s of (Heritage) Arts team in Ghana?]…. Feast your eyes on the following art treasures –they hail from Ghana. Wouldn’t it be amazing to own a piece of Ghanaian history –or better still, wouldn’t it be great if these treasures were ...

Arrest over theft of £50,000 work on camellias from RHS library

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Arrest over theft of £50,000 work on camellias from RHS library Chris Smyth A former accountant suspected of stealing a rare 13-volume work on camellias from the Royal Horticultural Society library has been arrested. William Jacques, 40, a Cambridge graduate, is alleged to have stolen the books, worth about £50,000, from the RHS ...

Lawyer Drops Art Heist Victims As Clients / Memo Accuses Sheriff’s Department Of Cronyism

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Lawyer Drops Art Heist Victims As Clients Memo Accuses Sheriff's Department Of Cronyism PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The lawyer for two men who allege they are victims of one of the country's largest art heists dropped both clients, citing a conflict of interest. Vicki St. John said she dropped Dr. Ralph Kennaugh and ...

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — An owner targeted in a big Pebble Beach art heist sent out a document making some fascinating claims and charges.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Memo Released By Pebble Beach Art Heist Victim Document Written To DA's Office PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- An owner targeted in a big Pebble Beach art heist sent out a document making some fascinating claims and charges. Art collector Benjamin Amadio wrote a lengthy memo to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office that ...

Stolen Painting by Leonardo Goes Back on View at the National Galleries in Scotland

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Gallery assistant Clare McCormack poses for photographers next to "The Madonna of the Yarnwinder" by Leonardo da Vinci during a photocall at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland. EDINBURGH.- The National Gallery of Scotland announced that the painting, "The Madonna of the Yarnwinder" by Leonardo da Vinci went ...

Protected: Thieves gut historic Carroll’s clock at MOHAI

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Terugblik: Gitzwarte bladzijde uit 2009; inertie van falende Erfgoedinspectie en dubieuze handel en wandel oprichter XX, Y Museum te Z

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

April 2009 sloot de Erfgoedinspectie een uiterst knullig ' onderzoek'  af dat ingesteld werd naar aanleiding van een door mij bij die Erfgoedinspectie ingediende melding. Aanleiding voor mijn melding was een gesprek dat ik voerde met XX - verzamelaar, oprichter van het Y Museum te Z en voorzitter van het ...

Terugblik: Gitzwarte bladzijde uit 2009; inertie van falende Erfgoedinspectie en dubieuze handel en wandel oprichter XX, Y Museum te Z

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

April 2009 sloot de Erfgoedinspectie een uiterst knullig ' onderzoek'  af dat ingesteld werd naar aanleiding van een door mij bij die Erfgoedinspectie ingediende melding. Aanleiding voor mijn melding was een gesprek dat ik voerde met XX - verzamelaar, oprichter van het Y Museum te Z en voorzitter van het ...

Saudi heritage needs better care: Prince Sultan Bin Salman

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Saudi heritage needs better care: Prince Sultan Bin Salman By Wafa Badawood “In my view, we are still lagging behind in caring for our national antiquities and historical heritage.” This was the frank assessment by Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), on ...

FRANCE’S surprise hand-over of four fragments of an ancient tomb mural to Egyptian antiquities authorities recently makes art authorities around the world pop questions about Nigeria’s steep in the nitty-gritty of art politics.

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

France's return of Egyptian artefacts reawakes repatriation debate FRANCE'S surprise hand-over of four fragments of an ancient tomb mural to Egyptian antiquities authorities recently makes art authorities around the world pop questions about Nigeria's steep in the nitty-gritty of art politics. Probes about what the Nigerian government in the campaign to retreive its ...

A Chicago man is suing his insurance company AXA for allegedly failing to compensate him for the loss of two violin bows valued at $290,000.

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Zoran Stoyanovich says that he was the owner of two violin bows - one by Nicolaus Kittel valued at $155,000 and one by Francois Xavier Tourte valued at $135,000 - that were insured under a policy with AXA Art Insurance Corporation.  According to the complaint, the following occurred: - In June 2007, ...

Kwame Opoku – RETURN OF THE ROSETTA STONE TO EGYPT: LIMITS TO THE GREED OF THE SELF-STYLED UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

“Generally speaking, it is clear that cultural property is most important to the people who created it or for whom it was created or whose particular identity and history is bound up with it. This cannot be compared with the scholastic or even inspirational influence on those who merely acquire ...

Gestohlene “Arbeit-macht-frei”-Aufschrift gefunden

Monday, December 21st, 2009

21. Dezember 2009, 09:58 Fünf Verdächtige im Norden Polens festgenommen - Motiv für Diebstahl noch unklar Warschau - Die berüchtigte Inschrift "Arbeit macht frei" vom Eingangstor des früheren NS- Konzentrationslagers Auschwitz ist wiedergefunden worden. Wie ein Sprecher der Polizei im polnischen Krakau (Krakow) in der Nacht auf Montag mitteilte, wurden fünf Männer ...

Protected: One of the world’s most prestigious antique dealers, Partridge Fine Art, has become embroiled in a legal battle amid allegations of “systematic fraud and counterfeiting” going back decades.

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

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An investigation has been launched into whether the Italian government paid £2.9 million for a figure of Christ on the cross, falsely attributed to Michelangelo.

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Michelangelo figure may be a fake An investigation has been launched into whether the Italian government paid £2.9 million for a figure of Christ on the cross, falsely attributed to Michelangelo. By Nick Squires in Rome Published: 5:19PM GMT 17 Dec 2009 The wooden carving was bought a year ago from an art ...

Nach Raub der Mendelssohn-Büste der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig: Dr. Wulff Aengevelt (Düsseldorf) lobt 1.000 Euro zur Ergreifung der Täter aus.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Fieberhafte Suche nach Mendelssohn-Büste Nach Raub der Mendelssohn-Büste der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig: Dr. Wulff Aengevelt (Düsseldorf) lobt 1.000 Euro zur Ergreifung der Täter aus. Mit Entsetzen reagierte Dr. Wulff Aengevelt, Mitglied und Vorsitzender des Kuratoriums des Freundeskreises der Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" (HMT), auf den ...

Verbrecher verspekulieren sich bei Kunstrauben

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

16 MILLIONEN DOLLAR PRO TAG Verbrecher verspekulieren sich bei Kunstrauben VON PETER DITTMAR15. Dezember 2009, 11:31 Uhr Nur der Handel mit Drogen und Menschen scheint für Kriminelle lukrativer: Pro Jahr werden Kunstwerke im Wert von rund sechs Milliarden Dollar gestohlen, hauptsächlich in Italien und Frankreich. Nur wenige von ihnen gelangen zurück in die ...

The adventures of Egypt’s famous antiquities hunter in Paris

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

During Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's visit to Paris, France handed over five ancient Egyptian relics. But for Zahi Hawass, the flamboyant Egyptologist at the heart of the latest antiquities scrap, the mission is not yet over. By Guillaume LOIRET (text) Gone are the days when young French writer André Malraux, who would ...

$12.3 million in Smithsonian property is missing, inspector general says

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

$12.3 million in Smithsonian property is missing, inspector general says Since 2005, the Smithsonian Institution has lost $12.3 million in personal property, including 89 laptop computers. A. Sprightley Ryan, the Smithsonian's inspector general, told a congressional committee Thursday that management had failed to hold employees responsible for pilfering items belonging to the ...

Archaeologists want anti-looting organisation

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Habtra, Iraq: there have been fears over stolen antiquites in the region Archaeologists from around the world are meeting in Cambridge University to discuss the setting up of an international body to prevent the looting of historic sites. The Illicit Antiquities Research Centre, based at the university's McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, ...

El hijo de Berni dice que le pidieron plata por los cuadros robados

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Recibió una llamada de Interpol, que considera "un pedido de rescate encubierto" Por: Fernando García Con hora 11.08, el e-mail partió de Madrid. "Asunto: Cuadros robados de Berni: Tengo que comunicarme con vos para contarte algunas noticias jugosas de los cuadro robados. José Antonio". Desde su casa en España, entonces, José Antonio, ...

Un tableau d’Ingres rejoint le Louvre

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

À 19 millions d'euros, le «Portrait du comte Mathieu-Louis Molé» est la plus chère acquisition du musée depuis 2007. Pour l'instant, il a trouvé refuge dans une des «salles rouge» où sont accrochés les peintres français. Demain, le grand Portrait du comte Mathieu-Louis Molé par Ingres, dernière et très chère acquisition ...

Statues d’Apollon et Jupiter: le Louvre juge injustifiée la demande d’Izmir

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

PARIS — Le Louvre considère "tout à fait injustifiée" la demande de restitution de deux statues d'Apollon et de Jupiter (Zeus), que lui a adressée récemment la ville turque d'Izmir, a indiqué Henri Loyrette, le président-directeur du musée du Louvre, interrogé par l'AFP. "Nous avons considéré que c'était une demande tout ...

ROM exhibit looks at fakes throughout history, from antiquities to software

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

TORONTO — Is it real or fake? That's the question raised in a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, which will present artifacts ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Chinese porcelain to knockoffs of designer brand clothing. The 115 objects in "Fakes & Forgeries: Yesterday and Today," opening Jan. 9, include bogus ...

Forged art and antiquities worth £4 million will be displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Forged art and antiquities worth £4 million will be displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. By Urmee Khan Published: 7:30AM GMT 14 Dec 2009 The exhibition, curated by the Metropolitan Police Service's Art and Antiques Unit, will include confiscated works by Shaun Greenhalgh, the forger who executed "masterpieces" such ...

Italian police recover hoard of stolen ancient artifacts

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Italian police recover hoard of stolen ancient artifacts Associated Press ROME — Italian police have broken up a ring of looters who raided tombs for ancient artifacts and exported them illegally to countries including the United States, officials said Friday. During more than a year of investigations, authorities recovered nearly 1,700 statues, vases ...

ROME — Italian tax police said Saturday that they had seized works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne and other giants of art in a crackdown on assets hidden by the disgraced founder of the collapsed dairy company Parmalat.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Italy police seize secret stash of masterpieces By FRANCES D'EMILIO (AP) – 1 hour ago ROME — Italian tax police said Saturday that they had seized works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne and other giants of art in a crackdown on assets hidden by the disgraced founder of the collapsed dairy company ...

Illicit traffic of cultural goods constitutes a transnational phenomenon that can only be fought by developing strong international cooperation, which unfortunately turns out to be an arduous task for Euro Mediterranean countries. The European Union is offering support to its partners.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Together, towards restitution of cultural goods Illicit traffic of cultural goods constitutes a transnational phenomenon that can only be fought by developing strong international cooperation, which unfortunately turns out to be an arduous task for Euro Mediterranean countries. The European Union is offering support to its partners. Bruno Barmaki - Beirut, Eurojar Within ...

Protected: Is kunstroof een kunst? Een onderzoek naar de aard en omvang (Ruth Godthelp)

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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Long-missing artifacts returned to Peru, Ecuador

Friday, December 4th, 2009

BY IHOSVANI RODRIGUEZ SUN SENTINEL They were found spread out in cupboards, book shelves and in boxes inside a trailer home in Central Florida. On Tuesday, about 150 Peruvian and Ecuadorian artifacts, some more than three centuries old, were returned to their homeland where authorities say they belong. ``I couldn't dare to put a ...

Vier Gemälde kehren in die Alte Nationalgalerie zurück

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Freitag, 4. Dezember 2009 07:08  - Von Gabriela Walde "Vier verlorene Kinder sind zurück!", geradezu emotional kündigte Michael Eissenhauer, Generaldirektor der Staatlichen Museen, gestern in der Alten Nationalgalerie die Rückkehr von vier Gemälden an. Allesamt stammen sie aus dem 19. Jahrhundert und galten seit 1945 verschollen: Charles Hoguets "Brücke über einen Fluss", ...

CAIRO – Egypt, in a diplomatic tug-of-war with Germany over the bust of Queen Nefertiti, will hold talks this month to try to recover the 3,400-year-old pharaonic treasure Egypt says was smuggled out of the country.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Egypt to hold talks over Nefertiti bust Thu Dec 3, 2009 6:19am 1 of 1Full Size By Marwa Awad CAIRO, Dec 2 (Reuters Life!) - Egypt, in a diplomatic tug-of-war with Germany over the bust of Queen Nefertiti, will hold talks this month to try to recover the 3,400-year-old pharaonic treasure Egypt says was ...

Rondetafelconferentie BEVEILIGING EN VEILIGHEID IN EEN MUSEUM, en hardnekkige mythes

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Het artikel BEVEILIGING EN VEILIGHEID IN EEN MUSEUM in het recente nummer van Securitymanagement (nummer 12, december 2009) eindigt met een quote van een van de deelnemers aan deze rondetafelconferentie over museumbeveiliging: “Die schilderijen kun je nergens verkopen, dat zie je iedere keer weer. Uiteindelijk komen ze bijna altijd weer ...

Insider theft in university library – Uni-Angestellter will seltenes Buch zu Geld machen

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

2. Dezember 2009, 17:12 Uhr GÖTTINGEN. Ein Mitarbeiter der Universität Göttingen hat versucht, ein kostbares Buch aus der Hochschul-Bibliothek bei einem niederländischen Antiquar zu Geld zu machen. Das Buch aus dem 16. Jahrhundert, von dem es weltweit nur elf Exemplare gibt, sei dem Antiquar für 100 000 Euro zum Kauf angeboten ...

PARIS — French police detained 12 people in a sweep of a respected Paris auction house Wednesday after finding a stolen Courbet painting worth euro 900,000 ($1.3 million) at an employee’s house.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

12 detained in Paris over stolen painting By JEAN-PIERRE VERGES (AP) – 8 hours ago PARIS — French police detained 12 people in a sweep of a respected Paris auction house Wednesday after finding a stolen Courbet painting worth euro900,000 ($1.3 million) at an employee's house. Police raids on the Hotel Drouot, its ...