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Kunsthal Rotterdam – Clairvoyance by Charles Hill is somewhat wide of the mark

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Yesterday, the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf ran an editorial suggesting that a notorious Irish criminal gang was "almost certainly" responsible for the burglary and multi-million euro art theft from the Rotterdam Kunsthal in October last year. The source of this speculation was the internationally renowned art detective Charles Hill. According to De Telegraaf: "The retired English ...

Protected: Protecting the Finer Things in Life: Valuable Personal Property Insurance

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

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Protected: The Paris heist will lead to a rise in art theft

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

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Protected: Bring back our priceless heritage

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

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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 ...

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 ...

press-release: the continuing story about art dealer Ali Abou’Taam. Can 'justice' be bought in Bulgaria?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Dear Sir, Mdme,My name is Arthur Brand, Dutch investigative journalist and writer.In this email I am going to reveal quite a serious scandal, involving Bulgarian head prosecutor Kamen Mihov, worlds leading art dealer Ali Abou’Taam, Bulgarian billionaire Vasil Bojkov, the French, Canadian and American ambassadors to Bulgaria, and Homeland Security. A ...

documentation about insider theft

Monday, January 5th, 2009

For those of you interested in the phenomenon of insider we have assembled reports at: http://www.museum-security.org/?cat=14 At http://www.museum-security.org/insider-theft.pdf texts accompanying power point presentation about insider theft (2005, ever since updated regularly. Further information: Ellie@bruggemansolutions.com) Also worthwhile reading: Keeping it safe, keeping it available: theft prevention in special collections Joel Kovarsky http://www.librarystudentjournal.org/index.php/lsj/article/viewArticle/37/70 Ton Cremers Museum Security Network / Museum ...

Noah Charney's misconceptions about art theft

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

At http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/29907/2008-in-review-art-crimes-of-the-year/?page=1 mr. Charney repeats platitudes about the scope of art crime. Nothing new to report, just a repetition: "Most people assume that art crime consists of only a handful of museum heists each year; in actuality, it has become the third-highest–grossing world criminal trade over the past 40 years, ...

Peter Tompa: Brent R. Benjamin of Saint Louis Art Museum Named to CPAC Museum Seat

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Peter Tompa: Brent R. Benjamin of Saint Louis Art Museum Named to CPAC Museum Seat The White House has announced that Brent R. Benjamin of the Saint Louis Art Museum has been named to a seat on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee to represent the interests of the museum community. Mr. ...

More about Brent R. Benjamin's appointment as member of the Cultural Property Advisory Comittee (David Gill)

Monday, October 13th, 2008

CPAC: New Appointment Original blog with all links: http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2008/09/cpac-new-appointment.html While most of us have been following the "credit crunch" and yesterday's surprise vote in Washington (what the BBC has termed a "bail-out failure"), the White House announced a new member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC): Brent R. Benjamin, Director ...

Dr. Derek Fincham: Brent Benjamin Appointed to CPAC

Monday, October 13th, 2008

More options Oct 13, 4:36 pm Brent Benjamin Appointed to CPAC (cross-posted with relevant links at http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/2008/10/brent-benjamin-appointed-to-cpac.html) Dr. Derek Fincham The White House announced back in September that President Bush will nominate Brent R. Benjamin to serve on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee for three years. David Gill commented on the appointment, as did Wayne Sayles. Earlier in ...

Damien Hirst to be nationalized as financial crisis deepens

Monday, October 13th, 2008

By our art-crunch correspondents Hanky-Panky Paulson and Banksy Bernanky Damien Hirst, the wealthiest artist the world has ever known and a colossus of corporate finance, faces nationalization say City analysts. As the financial meltdown edged ever closer to the core of the nuclear reactor that is the international banking system, there were mounting ...

The Art Thief: A Novel by Noah Charney. ("the worst I've reviewed in 30 years…")

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

* Sept mercenaires pour quatre tableaux commandésSept personnes mises en examenà Marseille, dont cinq écrouées pour les toiles volées   http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/c5a1ac1f544ada2b?hl=en * True or false: Indiana Jones is a plunderer.   http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/07750398cee16ba9?hl=en * The Art Thief: A Novel by Noah Charney. ("the worst I've reviewed in 30 years...")  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/0308cba22798ca59?hl=en * Bulgarian Looter Caught   http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/c857aeaeb3b4a6f8?hl=en * Florida trio charged ...

As the Bill Reid thefts show, art crime does pay: unfounded statements by Noah Charney whose fantasy is going adrift

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

  * Book review by Tom Flynn: Fiat Cuno (Who Owns Antiquity  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/53b8c31328eef5f4?hl=en * Beware of Directors Bearing Guidelines?  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/027fdb0472059b1e?hl=en * Roger Bland to Lecture at Field Museum Regarding Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/db4d55b2fba36076?hl=en * Les tableaux retrouvés en Moldavie inconnus au musée russe de l'Ermitage  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/50528a8fa9b66a21?hl=en * Italian police recover 3,500 looted artifacts  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/72cc55bbdee4cda6?hl=en * Eremitage-Museum verwundert über ...

exhibition at the Bruce Museum: Reclaimed, Paintings From the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

Monday, May 5th, 2008

The circle of art +++++++++++++++++++++++ "I'm a believer that beautiful paintings should be seen by people," she says. "Basically, what's in the exhibit are works that we love." Basicaly all Goudstikker paintings were in public exhibitions. Owing to Marei von Saher (she never even met Goudstikker) many of the Goudstikker paintings have disappeared ...