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Protected: Charles Bronson artwork removed from London Underground

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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Protected: Stolen painting worth $1 million found in trash

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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UK’s Efforts to Educate Collectors and Reduce Art Theft

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

UK's Efforts to Educate Collectors and Reduce Art Theft For the past few weeks, I have been engaged in a work placement at the Museums, Libraries, and Archives's prestigious Acquisitions, Export, and Loans Unit... *Originally posted at Art Theft Central

Chatter of Swindles and Scams at Auction House

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Chatter of Swindles and Scams at Auction House http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/europe/27paris.html?pagewanted=all By SCOTT SAYARE Published: April 26, 2010 PARIS — In a warren of side streets not far from the stately Boulevard Haussmann is a squat concrete building that contains another world. Enlarge This Image Niviere/European Pressphoto Agency Bidders competed earlier this year at the Hôtel Drouot, ...

Thieves escape with valuable artwork

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

News Toronto & GTA http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2010/04/26/13728311.html Thieves escape with valuable artwork By DON PEAT, Toronto Sun This painting by Eric McCully is one of four stolen from a west-end gallery. Toronto Police hope to paint two alleged art thieves into a corner after they made off with $14,100 in artwork from a west-end gallery. Four paintings were ...

Roman Limestone Funerary Busts at Bonhams: Withdrawn

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Roman Limestone Funerary Busts at Bonhams: Withdrawn http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2010/04/roman-limestone-funerary-busts-at.html The three Roman funerary busts that were due to be auctioned at Bonhams next week have been withdrawn: lots 399-401 ("This lot has been withdrawn"). All three had the same collecting history: "Acquired on the London art market in 1998. Accompanied by a French ...

Stolen Indian Statue Sold in New York, Despite being on Interpol Stolen Art Database

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010 http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/2010/04/stolen-indian-statue-sold-in-new-york.html Stolen Indian Statue Sold in New York, Despite being on Interpol Stolen Art Database Interpol news 22 April 2010, The statue of two Asian deities was stolen in September 2009 from the ruins of a temple in Atru in the Province of Rajasthan in Western India. At the ...

Museum raid nets Nazi flag

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Museum raid nets Nazi flag http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/3622222/Museum-raid-nets-Nazi-flag By BEN STANLEY - Waikato Times Last updated 09:02 26/04/2010 As thousands rose for Anzac Day dawn services yesterday, thieves broke into the Raglan Museum, swiping an authentic Nazi flag. It was stolen around 4am from an exhibition running at the museum titled 'Raglan and the Anzacs,' which celebrates the ...

Paris museum’s fakes exhibition condemned for ‘vampire’ plagiarism

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Paris museum's fakes exhibition condemned for 'vampire' plagiarism http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/7625683/Paris-museums-fakes-exhibition-condemned-for-vampire-plagiarism.html A major Paris exhibition featuring forgeries and copies of works by Picasso, Matisse and other 20th century masters has been condemned by the artists' heirs as "vampire" plagiarism that will encourage counterfeiting. By Henry Samuel in Paris Published: 7:00AM BST 24 Apr 2010 'We ...

Stolen £20m masterpiece set to go back on display – with extra security

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Stolen £20m masterpiece set to go back on display - with extra security http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2010/04/25/stolen-20m-masterpiece-set-to-go-back-on-display-with-extra-security-86908-22210965/ Apr 25 2010 Exclusive by Steve Smith, Sunday Mail THE Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece stolen from a Scots castle is to go back on display - protected by new alarms and security systems. We can reveal that plans have been ...

News » Gaza moves to preserve local antiquities from black market

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

News » Gaza moves to preserve local antiquities from black market http://palestinenote.com/cs/blogs/news/archive/2010/04/24/gaza-moves-to-preserve-local-antiquities-from-black-market.aspx A coastal door on the Mediterranean to the ancient world's great empires, the Gaza Strip is home to both decades-long conflict and ...

Egypt on a mission to get back artifacts

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Egypt on a mission to get back artifacts http://www.suntimes.com/news/world/2196348,CST-NWS-tut25.article Comments April 24, 2010 SUN-TIMES STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS When the King Tut exhibit opened at Chicago's Field Museum in 2006, Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass turned the proceedings upside down, calling out Exelon CEO John Rowe for keeping a 2,600-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus in his office. "Antiquities ...

Three more Utahns plead guilty in artifacts case

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Three more Utahns plead guilty in artifacts case http://www.standard.net/topics/courts/2010/04/23/three-more-utahns-plead-guilty-artifacts-case By Mike Stark (The Associated Press) Last Edit: Apr 23 2010 - 3:34pm SALT LAKE CITY -- Three Southern Utah men who admitted selling ancient artifacts taken from public land are the latest to plead guilty after a lengthy federal crackdown on theft and trafficking ...

Frazetta siblings resolve dispute over fantasy art

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Frazetta siblings resolve dispute over fantasy art http://www.sacbee.com/2010/04/23/2700870/frazetta-siblings-resolve-dispute.html ShareThis Buzz up! By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Writer Published: Friday, Apr. 23, 2010 - 7:00 am Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 23, 2010 - 11:04 am ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The adult children of pioneering fantasy artist Frank Frazetta have resolved an ugly dispute over control of their elderly father's ...

Doyle and Graham believe that they deserved the reward

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Doyle and Graham believe that they deserved the reward http://www.topnews.in/doyle-and-graham-believe-they-deserved-reward-2259529 Submitted by Ashok Rao on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 22:32. Graham and four other were accused of plotting to ransom the stolen Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece for more than £4million. The detectives Graham and John Doyle took the picture in a car ...

$4,000 Worth Of Artist’s Paintings Stolen

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

$4,000 Worth Of Artist's Paintings Stolen http://www.kptv.com/news/23231751/detail.html POSTED: 8:12 am PDT April 22, 2010 UPDATED: 10:21 am PDT April 22, 2010 PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland artist had about $4,000 worth of her paintings stolen from a downtown Portland window gallery earlier this week. The corner of Southwest Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in downtown ...

Gold stolen from Hillsboro museum recovered

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Gold stolen from Hillsboro museum recovered Associated Press - April 22, 2010 10:25 AM ET http://www.ktvz.com/Global/story.asp?S=12355890 HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - The Washington County sheriff's office says detectives have recovered nearly all the gold that was stolen from the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro. Detectives were led to the gold at ...

Egyptian official chides museums over antiquities

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Egyptian official chides museums over antiquities By ULA ILNYTZKY (AP) – 17 hours ago http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gnwhIM-DHEsZFC9sK0189m06tj0QD9F8556O0 NEW YORK — Egypt's antiquities chief, speaking at a preview of a King Tut exhibition, renewed his attacks on museums he claims have refused to return artifacts that rightfully belong in Egypt. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme ...

Art Theft Central: Comments on Leonardo Trial

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Art Theft Central: Comments on Leonardo Trial http://arttheftcentral.blogspot.com/2010/04/art-theft-central-comments-on-leonardo.html The five men, who were charged with plotting to extort money for the return of Leonardo Da Vinci's Madonna of the Yarnwidner, which had been stolen from the Duke of Buccleuch's Drumlanrig Estate, north of Dumfries, during a brazen art theft four years ...

Protected: Art Theft Has Surprising Ties to Illicit Drug Trade, Terrorism

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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Maraca stolen from ‘Samba’ statue of beloved Tokyo manga character

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Maraca stolen from 'Samba' statue of beloved Tokyo manga character http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20100421p2a00m0na025000c.html The "Samba Ryo-san" statue with one maracas missing is pictured in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward on Tuesday. (Mainichi) A statue of a famous manga character and beloved Tokyo figure has been vandalized, with one of two maracas in the character's hands going ...

Stolen art found

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Stolen art found http://www2.canada.com/burnabynow/news/story.html?id=abbe7321-a604-465a-be99-221e6bd4d91e Burnaby artist's work is part of Haiti fundraiser on May 1 Janaya Fuller-Evans, Burnaby Now Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Bob Garlick was relieved to find his art piece The Telephone Buddha leaning against a fence in his neighbourhood after it was taken from his home last week. Garlick had been searching ...

Davy Crockett’s Marriage License Returned to Jefferson County

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Davy Crockett's Marriage License Returned to Jefferson County posted April 20, 2010 http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_173834.asp He is known in as “King of the Wild Frontier” – a frontiersman, soldier and politician who, according to legend, could wade the Mississippi River, leap the Ohio River or ride a streak of lightning. Yet early in his life, Davy ...

Upcoming lectures focus on looted, forged art

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Upcoming lectures focus on looted, forged art Story Discussion Staff report | Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:45 am | (0) Comments http://www.poststar.com/lifestyles/article_2c409964-4c18-11df-8d2f-001cc4c03286.html Font Size: Default font size Larger font size The Hyde Collection is taking a look at the darker side of art. On Sunday, the museum will offer two lectures by art ...

Mexico: Fakes dominate seized artifact collection

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Mexico: Fakes dominate seized artifact collection http://www.wtop.com/?nid=105&sid=1935490 April 15, 2010 - 9:25pm MEXICO CITY (AP) - A collection of supposed pre-Hispanic artifacts seized from a controversial private antiquities dealer in Germany contains many pieces that are fake, Mexico's government archaeology agency said Thursday. The National Institute of Anthropology and History said most of the ...

$400,000 violin stolen from Russian violinist in Austria

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

$400,000 violin stolen from Russian violinist in Austria http://en.rian.ru/world/20100418/158637196.html © flickr.com/Flowery *L*u*z*a*Related NewsJewelry worth $2.86 million stolen from Trussardi's widow Polish police finds stolen Arbeit Macht Frei sign 13:2918/04/2010 MultimediaVideo:Playing the violin while undergoing brain surgery Video:World's most expensive violin in Moscow. Video A violin worth $400,000 has been stolen in Austria from a violinist of the orchestra of ...

Protected: Art Theft An Estimated $6 billion

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

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ILE-IFE TRIUMPHS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON: WHO SAID NIGERIANS WERE INCAPABLE OF LOOKING AFTER THEIR CULTURAL ARTEFACTS?

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

By all standards, the current exhibition in the British Museum entitled, Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa, is outstanding. (2)  This has been acknowledged by most critics and commentators. The British press is full of praises and enthusiasm. An article by Jonathan Jones, entitled, “The divine art of the ...

$2,000 painting stolen from Winona bar

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Home / News / Local $2,000 painting stolen from Winona bar http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/article_708acbce-49d6-11df-946d-001cc4c002e0.html By Chris Hubbuch Lee Newspapers | Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:00 am | (2) Comments Ed Hoffman, owner of Ed's (no name) Bar, pours a pint in his bar. Ed's (no name) Bar recently had a painting from local artist ...

Judge vindicates Newport art dealer over sale of painting

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Judge vindicates Newport art dealer over sale of painting http://www.projo.com/ri/newport/content/ROCKWELL_DECISION_04-18-10_G5I4SSM_v8.352d873.html 01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, April 18, 2010 By Richard Salit Journal Staff Writer Judith Goffman Cutler points out details in the work "The Runaway" in the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the National Museum of American Illustration, in Newport. AP / Charles Krupa NEWPORT — Ever since ...

Fine Art Collecting- A New Series Focuses on Risk Management

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Fine Art Collecting- A New Series Focuses on Risk Management A 17th century London coffee house brewed up an international enterprise http://www.artesmagazine.com/2010/04/fine-art-collecting-a-new-series-focuses-on-risk-management/ Posted on 16 April 2010 | By Thomas Galbraith This unusual story may not at first appear to be entirely relevant when considering the dark magic of insurance. Certainly many people need ...

A MAN from West Yorkshire has been charged with stealing an antique clock worth £200,000 from a stately home.

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Man charged with £200,000 clock theft from stately home http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/Man-charged-with-200000-clock.6233546.jp Published Date: 16 April 2010 A MAN from West Yorkshire has been charged with stealing an antique clock worth £200,000 from a stately home. Graham Harkin, 57, of Chestnut Walk, Wakefield, was charged with theft after officers recovered the clock from the back of ...

Protected: Who stole Louis Sloan’s paintings when he died?

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

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Protected: National Gallery discovers 15th-century Old Master painting is a fake

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

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Greek bronze will stay in the Getty Villa

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Greek bronze will stay in the Getty Villa http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Greek-bronze-will-stay-in-the-Getty-Villa%20/20504 Museum rejects Italian judge’s decision because the Fano Athlete was found outside Italian waters By Martha Lufkin | From issue 212, April 2010 Published online 14 Apr 10 (Museums) BOSTON. The J. Paul Getty Trust is appealing against the decision by an Italian judge that a ...

A Controversy over Degas

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

A Controversy over Degas http://artnews.com/issues/article.asp?art_id=2896 A bronze sculpture of the Little Dancer made from the supposed "lifetime plaster" is on the cover of the catalogue for the exhibition "The Complete Sculptures of Edgar Degas" at the Herakleidon Museum, Athens. Experts are concerned about the authenticity of 74 "recently discovered" plaster casts ...

Retrieving Art Stolen By Nazis a Tough Task

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Retrieving Art Stolen By Nazis a Tough Task http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=50439 The Holocaust claimed about 6 million Jewish lives during World War II. Survivors not only endured the loss of loved ones, but also lost billions in assets looted by Nazis -- including valuable pieces of art. Ori Soltes, the Goldman Professorial Lecturer in ...

Trails leading to purloined paintings had surprising twists

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Trails leading to purloined paintings had surprising twists http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/11/AR201... By John Kelly Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, April 12, 2010 There are no gentleman art thieves. There is no dashing playboy who, after lifting a Titian and stashing it in the hidden compartment of his Bentley, unzips his jumpsuit to reveal a bespoke tuxedo and then waltzes ...

£50,000 of artwork stolen from studio

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

£50,000 of artwork stolen from studio http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=354... London Evening Standard/London A ‘professional’ gang of thieves stole more than £50,000 of paintings in a burglary at a gallery. American artist Haidee Becker had four canvases taken from her studio- cum-gallery in Archer Street, Soho. Becker, 60, who has work in the National Portrait Gallery, said she believed the ...

Protected: [Editorial] Cultural repatriation

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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