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Following the Gardner Art Theft (Edited)

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Certainly, the 20th anniversary of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Theft has revived and rallied public support for the recovery of the missing masterpieces. Over the past month, there has been tremendous media coverage of the largest single art theft in history. Often, in its reports, the press recounts "the night ...

Art Theft Central: What can recoveries tell us about art theft?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Art Theft Central: What can recoveries tell us about art theft? Over the past week there have been the recoveries of a Juan Gris untitled painting, Paul Klee's Portrait in the Garden, and Henry Moore's Three Piece Reclining Figure: Maquette No. 4. What do these cases reveal about art theft, or ...

Museum theft – Hundreds of artworks in Turkish museum stolen and replaced with fakes

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Hundreds of artworks in Turkish museum stolen and replaced with fakes Thomas Seibert, Foreign Correspondent * Last Updated: March 26. 2010 12:12AM UAE / March 25. 2010 8:12PM GMT ISTANBUL // Inspectors in a state-run museum in Turkey’s capital Ankara have raised the alarm after finding that hundreds of paintings by Turkish masters have been replaced ...

On display in Russia museums: fears of items gone astray

Friday, March 26th, 2010

On display in Russia museums: fears of items gone astray After a curator at the renowned Hermitage made off with hundreds of pieces, Putin ordered a national audit of museums. The report is due soon, and officials are seeking to minimize its findings. By Megan K. Stack March 25, 2010 | 7:39 p.m. Reporting from St. ...

Kykkos claims desecrations ongoing in the north

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Kykkos claims desecrations ongoing in the north http://www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/kykkos-claims-desecrations-ongoing-north/20100324 ONE DAY after the unexpected visit by Archbishop Chrysostomos II to Apostolos Andreas, Kykkos Monastery Museum said it had new evidence of the desecration of churches in the north. During a news conference yesterday Open University of Greece professor Charalambos C. Chotzakoglou presented several examples ...

Vegas TV Station Interviews Matt Walker

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Vegas TV Station Interviews Matt Walker http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/matt_walker_interviewed_by_vegas_tv/807441/Mar-24-2010_6-22-pm/ LAKE LAS VEGAS, Nevada - The Mobile man accused in the high dollar antique heist did an interview with a Las Vegas TV station. Matt Walker talked to a reporter last month about the closing of Montelago Casino in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. "It's just a ...

Dreier’s Warhols Can’t Be Claimed by 360networks

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Dreier’s Warhols Can’t Be Claimed by 360networks (Update2) http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-03-24/dreier-s-warhols-can-t-be-claimed-by-360networks-judge-rules.html March 24, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT By Thom Weidlich March 24 (Bloomberg) -- 360networks (USA) Inc. can’t claim a superior interest in five Andy Warhol artworks bought by Marc Dreier, the former lawyer now in prison for cheating hedge funds out of more than $400 ...

Head of stolen bronze statue recovered in Willimantic

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Head of stolen bronze statue recovered in Willimantic http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/crime/x99765601/Head-of-stolen-bronze-statue-recovered-in-Willimantic By GREG SMITH Norwich Bulletin Posted Mar 24, 2010 @ 11:48 AM Last update Mar 24, 2010 @ 02:51 PM Norwich, Conn. — Willimantic police have recovered the missing head of an historic bronze statue stolen from a Norwich cemetery and cut up for scrap metal, Norwich police ...

Dennis Hopper demands estranged wife returns `stolen` artwork

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Dennis Hopper demands estranged wife returns `stolen` artwork Read more: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1543447.php/Dennis-Hopper-demands-estranged-wife-returns-stolen-artwork#ixzz0j9C1dJ4M Hollywood veteran Dennis Hopper is demanding his estranged wife return 'stolen' artwork to him. The cancer-stricken actor is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with Victoria Duffy. Now in new court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Hopper claims that Duffy ...

Royal texts of Joseon found in Japan

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Royal texts of Joseon found in Japan http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2918318 TOKYO - Ancient Korean royal texts thought to be in Japanese possession have been located and now photographed for the first time. Over the past two months, the JoongAng Ilbo worked to gain access to texts of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) at the Imperial Household ...

Solicitor denies being axe-wielding thief of duke’s Da Vinci masterpiece

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Solicitor denies being axe-wielding thief of duke's Da Vinci masterpiece http://news.scotsman.com/inverness/Solicitor-denies-being-axewielding-thief.6175060.jp By John Robertson A SOLICITOR strongly denied that he was an axe-wielding robber who stole a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece from a Scottish stately home. The High Court in Edinburgh yesterday heard a tape recording of detectives questioning Marshall Ronald, 53, after finding ...

Gibson charged in Kentuck theft

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Gibson charged in Kentuck theft http://www.northportgazette.com/articles/2010/03/24/news/doc4baa758adbd21608885837.txt NORTHPORT – It was business as usual on Saturday at the Kentuck Museum in Northport after last week’s news that the former director of the Kentuck Association was charged by a grand jury with first-degree theft from the organization. Sara Anne Gibson, 53, was arrested and released ...

Fire alarms ring for heritage buildings

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Fire alarms ring for heritage buildings http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5720777.cms?prtpage=1 MUMBAI: Just the way a peer's passing reminds one of one's own mortality, the inferno that engulfed Stephen Court in Kolkata, claiming 24 lives, has reminded Mumbai of the vulnerability of its own heritage structures. While potential disasters lay strewn about South Mumbai, which has its ...

Montreal gallery owner helps recover stolen Klee painting

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Montreal gallery owner helps recover stolen Klee painting http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/03/24/landau-recovered-klee-painting.html By CBC Arts CBC Arts A Montreal gallery owner is being praised by authorities for helping secure the return of a Paul Klee painting snatched two decades ago. A Montreal gallery owner is being praised by authorities for helping secure the return of a Paul Klee ...

ICE recovers Klee painting stolen from a Manhattan art gallery

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

ICE recovers Klee painting stolen from a Manhattan art gallery http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/1003/100324newyork.htm NEW YORK - A 20th century painting is back in the hands of its rightful owner, 21 years after it was stolen from the Marlborough Art Gallery in Manhattan. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned the painting to the Art ...

The scramble for Africa’s treasures

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The scramble for Africa’s treasures http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/Opinion/Editorial/5543892-148/story.csp The history of the African continent is littered with the exploits of plunderers. Slave traders - local and foreign - held sway for centuries, carting multitudes of Africans across the Atlantic, to plantations in the Americas and elsewhere. When the slave trade went out of fashion, ...

South Korea’s Foreign Minister Meets with French Counterpart Regarding Stolen Ancient Korean Texts

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Just a few hours after returning from China Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan met with his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner in Seoul on Friday afternoon to discuss ways to strengthen ties between their two countries. One of the major issues of mutual concern was the return of ancient Korean texts taken ...

Protected: Clay artifacts stolen from UHRICHSVILLE CLAY MUSEUM recovered

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

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Insider theft – TUSCALOOSA | The former director of the Kentuck Museum Association was charged Thursday with stealing money from the Northport-based organization.

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Ex-Kentuck director faces theft charges By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 at 3:30 a.m. TUSCALOOSA | The former director of the Kentuck Museum Association was charged Thursday with stealing money from the Northport-based organization. Sara Anne Gibson, 53, was charged with first-degree theft. She was released from the Tuscaloosa County ...

Dutch police arrest 2 suspects in museum art heist; stolen paintings still missing

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Dutch police arrest 2 suspects in museum art heist; stolen paintings still missing Associated Press March 17, 2010 THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Dutch police say they have arrested two men suspected of involvement in an art heist last year in which masked and armed men snatched two paintings, including one by Salvador ...

Museum Artifact Stolen from Roosevelt Home

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Museum Artifact Stolen from Roosevelt Home The National Park Service and local authorities are investigating the theft of a fifteen-inch walrus tusk that belonged to Theodore Roosevelt from his historic home at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (NHS). The tusk, a valued part of the home’s collection, was apparently removed from ...

Feds: Drew U. freshman stole, sold rare documents from Methodist archives

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Feds: Drew U. freshman stole, sold rare documents from Methodist archives Daily Record MADISON – A Drew University freshman appeared in U.S. District Court today in connection with his arrest for the theft of ancient, historical and cultural documents from the university’s United Methodist Archives Center, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. William J. ...

In Ukraine gestohlenes Caravaggio-Gemälde taucht bei Moskauer Internet-Auktion auf

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

In Ukraine gestohlenes Caravaggio-Gemälde taucht bei Moskauer Internet-Auktion auf KIEW, 15. März (RIA Novosti). Das vor zwei Jahren aus dem Museum für westeuropäische und orientalische Kunst in der ukrainischen Schwarzmeerstadt Odessa gestohlene Gemälde "Judaskuss" von Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) ist bei einer Moskauer Internet-Auktion aufgetaucht. Das teilte Museumsdirektor Wladimir Ostrowski am ...

Museum theft – Vol à Tokyo d’une médaille datant des tout premiers jeux Olympiques de 1896

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Vol à Tokyo d'une médaille datant des tout premiers jeux Olympiques de 1896 TOKYO (AFP) - 15.03.2010 14:03 Une médaille datant des premiers jeux Olympiques de 1896 en Grèce, exposée au musée du sport à Tokyo, a été dérobée, a indiqué lundi une agence d'information sportive japonaise. La médaille, forgée en argent et ...

EGYPTIAN SEASON OF ARTEFACTS RETURNS: HOPEFUL SIGN TO BE FOLLOWED BY OTHERS?

Monday, March 15th, 2010

EGYPTIAN SEASON OF ARTEFACTS RETURNS: HOPEFUL SIGN TO BE FOLLOWED BY OTHERS? ''There is a moral imperative for museums around the world to return certain artefacts to the countries they came from, and we are going to identify how we can help each other to increase the pressure on the keepers ...

Museum theft – Newly discovered thefts upset Turkish art scene; drawings by Hoca Ali Rız disappeared from the Ankara State Painting and Sculpture Museum in Ankara

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Newly discovered thefts upset Turkish art scene GÜL DEMİR and NIKI GAMM ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News Saturday, March 13, 2010 Turks woke up this past week to the news that a number of drawings by Hoca Ali Rıza had disappeared from the Ankara State Painting and Sculpture Museum in Ankara. It was suspected that ...

Nigeria Moves to Check Illegal Trafficking of Artifacts

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Nigeria Moves to Check Illegal Trafficking of Artifacts Odogwu Emeka Odogwu13 March 2010 Awka — An artifact is any object made or modified by a human. It is part of the evolution of man in all its ramifications. It tells the greatness of a civilization and its age. Hence, artifacts are of ...

Thieves loot Lao city’s Buddha statue heritage

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

NORIMASA TAHARA March 13, 2010 LUANG PRABANG: More than a 10th of the Buddha statues in Luang Prabang, an ancient city in north-central Laos whose urban district is a World Heritage Site, have gone missing in the past few years. Minobusan University in Minobucho, Japan, whose students help restore statues in Luang Prabang, ...

Benin1897.com: Art and the Restitution Question

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Benin1897.com: Art and the Restitution Question Featuring a colloquium and a Traveling Art Exhibition by Peju Layiwola Date: 8 April-30 May, 2010 Time: 2pm. Colloquium starts at 2.00pm , Exhibition opens at 5pm on the 8th of April Venue: Main Auditorium Gallery, University of Lagos, Nigeria. The artist-artist scholar, Peju Layiwola, a Lecturer in ...

Nazi-Looted Corot Painting to Be Sold by Sotheby’s

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Nazi-Looted Corot Painting to Be Sold by Sotheby’s By Catherine Hickley March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Sotheby’s will offer a painting by the French artist Jean Baptiste Camille Corot in an auction of 19th-century art after a Dutch museum returned the work to the heirs of a Jewish banker persecuted by the Nazis. “Jeune ...

Protected: Mott Community College geology museum robbed of $12,000 in minerals

Friday, March 12th, 2010

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Ankara’s State Art and Sculpture Museum shaken by theft

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Ankara’s State Art and Sculpture Museum shaken by theft Eighteen works of art, including 13 sketches by prominent Turkish painter Hoca Ali Rıza (1858-1930), were stolen from the State Art and Sculpture Museum in Ankara, news agencies reported on Tuesday. The theft was discovered during routine inventory work at the museum, which ...

Four Guns Stolen From Vietnam’s Thua Thien-hue Museum

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Four Guns Stolen From Vietnam's Thua Thien-hue Museum March 10, 2010 15:41 PM THUA THIEN-HUE, March 10 (Bernama) -- Four guns that were displayed at an exhibition at a Thua Thien-Hue museum during Lunar New Year holidays last month have mysteriously disappeared, according to Vietnam news agency on Wednesday. Two Colts, a Rouleau, ...

A $300 reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of several railroad artifacts which had recently been stolen from the Caboose Museum in Whitehall

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Reward offered for return of railroad artifacts A $300 reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of several railroad artifacts which had recently been stolen from the Caboose Museum in Whitehall. The museum is on the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce property at 124 E. Hanson Street, ...

Da Vinci trial hears of ‘£4m fee’

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Da Vinci trial hears of '£4m fee' The Da Vinci painting ransom trial has heard how a lawyer thought he had negotiated payments totalling £4m to get the painting back. Marshall Ronald conducted a series of phone calls about the deal with an undercover police officer he believed represented the Duke of ...

The U.S. ambassador to Russia on Thursday handed to Russian officials a medallion belonging to Russia’s last emperor stolen from Russia’s largest museum in 2006.

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Last tsar's medallion returns to Russia four years after theft 04/03/201012:38 The U.S. ambassador to Russia on Thursday handed to Russian officials a medallion belonging to Russia's last emperor stolen from Russia's largest museum in 2006. The silver medallion, featuring a portrait of Peter the Great and belonging to Russia's last Tsar Nicholas ...

Bristol museum’s stuffed gorilla theft solved after 50 years

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Revealed: 1950s rag week students who stole Bristol museum's stuffed gorilla Mystery of Alfred the gorilla's 60-hour escapade finally solved • Steven Morris • guardian.co.uk, Thursday 4 March 2010 14.35 GMT It was never as big a mystery as the disappearance of Lord Lucan or that of the racehorse Shergar. But for a few ...

DNA clues hunted in ’90 art theft. FBI hopes technology can yield lead in Gardner Museum case

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

DNA clues hunted in ’90 art theft FBI hopes technology can yield lead in Gardner Museum case By Stephen Kurkjian, Globe Correspondent  |  March 4, 2010 On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the theft of masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the FBI is resubmitting evidence taken from the crime ...

Sentenciados a 12 años cuatro hombres por robo al Museo de la Virgen del Valle

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

http://www.abn.info.ve/noticia.php?articulo=222767&lee=4 Caracas, 02 Mar. ABN.- Cuatro hombres fueron sentenciados a 12 años, 3 meses y 10 días de prisión, mientras otros dos serán enjuiciados, por el robo en el Museo Diocesano de la Virgen del Valle, ubicado en el municipio García del estado Nueva Esparta, hecho ocurrido el 10 de noviembre ...

Gang ‘threatened to destroy Leonardo da Vinci painting’

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Five men threatened to destroy the Madonna of the Yarnwinder, a world-famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, unless its aristocratic owners paid a ransom of £4.25million, a court heard. By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent Published: 4:53PM GMT 01 Mar 2010 The Madonna of the Yarnwinder painting, which is estimated to be worth ...