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Protect your Art With more than a Handshake

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Protect Your Art With More Than a Handshake By PAUL SULLIVAN Published: April 2, 2010 Last month, Lawrence Salander, a top Manhattan art dealer who ran the Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, admitted to stealing more than $120 million from clients, often by simply not paying them the full amount for art he ...

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 * Beware of Directors Bearing Guidelines? * Roger Bland to Lecture at Field Museum Regarding Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme * Les tableaux retrouvés en Moldavie inconnus au musée russe de l'Ermitage * Italian police recover 3,500 looted artifacts * Eremitage-Museum verwundert über ...

Mr Cuno takes the gloves off (Tom Flynn)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008 Mr Cuno takes the gloves off James Cuno (left: all links and photos:, director of the Art Institute of Chicago, has never been backward in coming forward over cultural heritage issues and it's all grist to the mill. But his article in the online Yale Global (Who ...

Antiquities from great cultures belong to humanity, not nation states that emerged centuries later

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Who Owns the Past? Antiquities from great cultures belong to humanity, not nation states that emerged centuries later All links and images: It’s a myth that cultural-property laws protect ancient antiquities or archaeological finds. Instead, the nationalist retentionist cultural-property laws are a dividing force, inhibiting regard for the world’s culture as a ...

Acropolis Museum an unfinished project: The opening of a Greek museum in September will exert pressure on Britain to return priceless artifacts plundered from Athens' ancient Acropolis

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Located on a flat rock in the heart of Athens, the 5th-century BC structure is a beacon of antiquity that will soon be complemented by a modern museum at the southern foot of the Sacred Rock. According to Greece's Minister of Culture Mihalis Liapis, the transfer of antiquities to the Acropolis ...

New Zealand; Victoria Cross medals; Things that really matter can't be stolen

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

5:00AM Saturday December 08, 2007 When something precious is lost, it is well to be reminded of what really matters. In the week since the theft of Victoria Crosses from the Waiouru Army Museum, it has been hard to put the crime into perspective. In one sense, it is hard to imagine ...

New Zealand Victoria Crosses heist: Prime Minister fantasizes about reclusive collector

Friday, December 7th, 2007

"Prime Minister has suggested a reclusive collector may have organised the heist" Statements like these return again and again after major art heists take place. However, this 'reclusive collector' has never been found. It is quite well possible that thieves know which fence will be eager to buy stolen objects, and ...

Protected: Former Getty curator Marion True faces antiquities smuggling trial next week

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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The Case of the Elgin Marbles

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The Case of the Elgin Marbles   Posted on November 11th  At the end of the summer of 2007, the week before fall university classes began, Greece was on fire. The Peloponnese was uniformly scorched, nearly a hundred people were killed, rural economies were displaced, and flora and fauna indigenous only to ...


Monday, November 12th, 2007

THE LOGIC OF NON-RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY: Kwame Opoku Written by Dr. Kwame Opoku Sunday, 11 November 2007 THE LOGIC OF NON-RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY. I thought I had heard all the desperate arguments and explanations from European and ...

Looted Art Returns to Italy From NY

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities claimed another victory in their campaign against the illegal antiquities market Tuesday, unveiling eight Etruscan or Roman artifacts they say were looted from the country and returned by a New York art dealer. The ancient treasures, including a Roman statue, bronze figurines, and exquisitely painted vases, ...