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April 5, 1999

CONTENTS:

- The first information about damages on the building Museum of Voivodina at Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
- Picasso Thefts - "Dora Maar"
- At Antiques Fairs, History Stolen; Md. Man Is Charged With Larceny; FBI Affidavit Tells of East Coast Operation
- Re: ELGIN MARBLES (once again....)
- Witness in theft of art breaks her probation



The first information about damages to the buildings of Museum of Voivodina at Novi Sad

(For security reasons name of sender has been erased.
The photos are online at:
http://museum-security.org/vukovar.html
Ton Cremers)

I have received the following factual report from a respected professional in the Voivodina (or Vojvodina) Museums of Novi Sad together with 3 photos of the damage to the entrance area of the museum - apparently "collateral" as the military term it -blast damage from the cruise missile(s) that destroyed the Danube Bridge nearby at 5am on Friday 1 April.
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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 13:39:34 +0200
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Information about Museum of Voivodina

The Museum of Voivodina's building - Dunavska 37 has been seriously damaged. Glass walls at the two floors, approximately 500m2 , and almost all windows and doors at three levels (300m2) were broken and crashed . Parts of the missiles fell at the permanent exhibition. One of the glass showcases is broken, several panels fell, one side of the wall is damaged. On the main side of the facade, the artistic work of Bosko Petrovic, famous academic painter, was seriously damaged. At the other Museum' s building in the Dunavska 35, more than 20 big windows (200m2) were broken. There were no major damages of the museum's items. The most important items were relocated to a safer place earlier.


From: Jonathan Sazonoff saz@kwom.com
Subject:

Picasso Thefts - "Dora Maar"

Dear Subscribers,
It would seem the beauty that captivated Picasso continues to entice admirers today. News has reached us about two recent thefts with an unusual connection. Two representations of Picasso's mistress "Dora Maar" have been stolen in France. The first, is an oil on canvas "Dora Maar", stolen from a Saudi Yacht; on the French Riviera last month. The ships crew was arrested and Loyds is offering a 530,000 euro reward. The second, stolen "Dora Maar" a bronze sculpture representing her face, was taken from a public square in Paris on April 1, 1999. As of this note both crimes remain under investigation. The Spanish artist used his mistress as model and inspiration from 1936- 1944. Dora Maar (a.k.a. Theodora Markovich d.1998) was a frequent subject for Picasso, as well as a "object of desire" for subsequent art thieves.
Hope you find this information helpful,
Saz Productions, Inc.
www.saztv.com


At Antiques Fairs, History Stolen

Md. Man Is Charged With Larceny; FBI Affidavit Tells of East Coast Operation

By Brooke A. Masters Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, April 1, 1999; Page B03
As autograph dealer Edward Bomsey remembers it, the two guys were wearing heavy winter parkas, even though the March weather was warm. Busy with customers at the 1998 Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, he suddenly realized that the men and a binder filled with $80,000 in antique documents had disappeared. A letter from John Quincy Adams to his wife, memorabilia signed by John F. Kennedy, and letters signed by Eleanor Roosevelt, were all gone, Bomsey said. And he wasn't the only victim. Over at another booth run by Second Story Books, a $30,000 letter signed by Thomas Jefferson had been cut out of its plastic case, owner Allan Stygert said. Then at this year's fair, it happened again. On March 6, another binder--worth $42,000 this time--vanished off Bomsey's table at the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn, and Second Story lost an Andrew Jackson letter.
But this time, there was a happy ending--at least for the dealers. Another dealer spotted Michael J. Reeve, 40, putting the binder down on a table and called for help, police said. Eventually, Arlington police charged Reeve with grand larceny. The Salvation Army employee also consented to a search of his Baltimore home, where police seized half a van-load of historical documents, rare books, clothing and videotapes, said Arlington County police Detective Jim Daly. Reeve did not return a phone message, and his lawyer declined to comment. But according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., he told police and the FBI that he and a partner, David A. Kues, had lifting been documents at antiquarian shows up and down the East Coast for more than three years. Last week, a search of Kues's Littlestown, Pa., home turned up two more truckloads of allegedly stolen material, Daly said. One official estimated the find was worth about $100,000. Kues, who has not been charged, did not return a phone message left on his answering machine. Reeves told authorities that he and Kues cut a swath through antique book and document fairs, preying primarily on smaller shows where security was more lax. Last year, Kues was arrested at a show in Atlantic City and charged with larceny after an exhibitor allegedly saw him swipe a $2,000 book of autographed pictures and then dump it in the trash, according to the FBI affidavit. The charges were dismissed.
Daly said Reeve was caught last fall at a Rockville show in September with several historical documents inside a slit in his jacket. The document owner in that incident declined to press charges because he was from out of town and didn't want to return for a trial, Daly said. "This would have been solved a lot earlier if some members of our community had done the right thing and prosecuted [Reeve]," Stygert said. "But it's, all's well that ends well." Theft is always a problem at book and document fairs, dealers and show organizers said. Not only are the goods often extremely small and portable, but the confusion inherent in having a room full of buyers and sellers clustered around tables provides cover for would-be thieves, they said.
"It's so easy to steal . . . book dealers are very trusting," said Sanford Smith, who produces the New York Antiquarian Book Show, one of the largest and most successful in the country. His show spends $26,000 a year on security. Some of the measures include posting guards with walkie-talkies in most of the aisles, requiring all attendees to check bags and coats and requiring dealers to seal the items they sell in labeled, clear plastic bags that are easy for guards to check.
Smith also has taken to setting up a check point 15 to 20 feet before the exit, so that the guards have time to catch up to people who try to evade a search.
Reeve told authorities that he and Kues weren't trying to immediately sell the documents they stole, according to the affidavit. "It was their retirement account. If they could hold onto these documents for 30 years . . . they would double in value," Daly said. "And if they waited long enough they could protect themselves [from theft accusations] by saying they bought them from someone else." For Bomsey, the arrest means he may get back some of the historic documents he spent years amassing. "Anybody who has ever been a collector can really appreciate the sense of loss when something you so value and treasure is taken away like that," the Annandale dealer said. "To have it happen again a year later, I was beside myself."
c Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company


From: "Mark Rabinowitz" markrabinowitz@worldnet.att.net
Subject:

Re: ELGIN MARBLES (once again....)

Gawain,
I'm not certain what about arming your enemies made you think of me but I am nevertheless grateful for the article. I am in the camp that supports returning these sculptures although, if you have been following the unfortunate consequences of the US law that requires turning over any skeletal remains found on national lands to Indian tribes for re-internment and which is resulting in the loss of important remains, unintended consequences can result from altruistic goals. Especially troubling is the disappearance of the oldest skeletons which, it turns out, are Caucasoid not North American Indian in type and which therefore may provide a different history for the peopling of America if preserved and studied. Nevertheless, its hard to see the flaw in the returning of these objects, they will not be lost, only restored to their homes. However, be prepared for the eventual emptying of museums should this start.
Keep in touch, I will look forward to seeing you again.
Mark
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From: securma@xs4all.nl; Gawain Weaver Gawain@adidam.org
To: markrabinowitz@worldnet.att.net
Subject: Fwd: ELGIN MARBLES (once again....)
Date: Friday, April 02, 1999 2:20 PM
Mark-- I thought of you when I read this first paragraph-- I thought
you might find it amusing. Only 2 1/2 more years to graduation.
I hope to see New York again in the Fall of 2001.
Return these exiles to Greece (Elgin Marbles)
By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist, 04/01/99
++++++++++



Witness in theft of art breaks her probation

Saturday, April 03, 1999
By TED WENDLING
PLAIN DEALER REPORTER
ROCKY RIVER - Pamela A. Davis, who is expected to be called as a key defense witness in the Los Angeles art theft trial next month of a retired ophthalmologist, has been arrested for violating the terms of her sentence in February for credit-card theft.
Fairview Park police arrested Davis, 39, March 19 after she violated a home-detention order by leaving her Detroit Rd. apartment without the permission of her probation officer, according to Rocky River court records.
Davis has been confined to her apartment since completing a sentence of 20 days in jail for running up nearly $2,500 in charges on a credit card she had stolen while clerking at the Dillard's store at Westgate Mall during the Christmas holidays. The sentence, imposed by Municipal Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons, required Davis to serve 72 days of electronically monitored house arrest after completing her jail term. On March 23, following her rearrest on the probation violation charge, Fitzsimmons added another 72 days of home detention to Davis' sentence, warning Davis that she would order her back to jail again if she committed another infraction. Reached by phone yesterday, Davis said, "It was a misunderstanding on my part, and I've been told that if I do everything I'm supposed to do, and follow the rules and tell the truth, everything will work out. That's my only intention."
Davis, who is seeking a $250,000 reward for the return of two paintings that were stolen from Dr. Steven G. Cooperman's home in 1992, said she has been told she will be subpoenaed as a defense witness in Cooperman's federal trial on insurance fraud charges. Davis has been extensively interviewed by a private investigator hired by Cooperman's lawyers.
"I actually don't want to go to California," Davis said. "If there was a way I could get out of going, I would rather just not be part of that anymore." Cooperman, 56, now living in Fairfield, Conn., faces a May 4 trial on 19 criminal counts, including wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property and bank fraud. A superseding indictment filed Tuesday alleges that Cooperman had nearly $6.5 million in outstanding bank loans at the time the paintings were stolen from his collection of museum-quality fine art, and that one of the lenders already had sued him. Prosecutors charge that Cooperman used his art collection, including the Monet and Picasso, as collateral to obtain the loans. After the paintings were stolen by James P. Tierney, one of Cooperman's lawyers, Cooperman sued the insurers of the artworks and obtained a $17.5 million settlement, according to court records. Court filings show that the paintings - Monet's "The Customs Officer's Cabin at Pourville" and Picasso's "Nude Before a Mirror" - were grossly overvalued and had a combined worth of only about $3 million.
Tierney, 56, has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting wire fraud and has agreed to testify against Cooperman. He admitted stealing the paintings after Cooperman provided him with a key and the alarm code to Cooperman's Brentwood mansion. The paintings were recovered by Cleveland FBI agents in February 1997 following a spate of domestic disturbances involving Davis and her former boyfriend, Cleveland attorney James J. Little. Charges and countercharges filed by the couple ultimately resulted in Little's conviction in Rocky River on charges of criminal damaging and driving under the influence, and eviction proceedings that resulted in Davis vacating a home she was renting on Beachwood Dr. Little, who is Tierney's former partner in a Los Angeles entertainment law firm, has admitted bringing the paintings to Cleveland. Little has claimed that Tierney gave them to him while Tierney was going through a contentious divorce and said he was in the process of trying to discreetly return them when the FBI seized the artworks.
Little has received a grant of immunity from prosecutors.
c1999 THE PLAIN DEALER.



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