On Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September 2015, the European Shoah Legacy Institute, in cooperation with Mr. Pavel Svoboda MEP – Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs – hosted a conference and exhibition on conflict looting and the importance of provenance research to cultural heritage protection.The conference commenced with a discussion on conflict looting and cultural heritage protection, hosted at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union by Ambassador Jakub Dürr on the morning of Tuesday 15th September. Representatives of over a dozen permanent representations, along with delegates from the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, listened intently as experts from both Europe and the United States discussed the challenges of cultural heritage protection, particularly in the context of modern conflict looting.

more: Press Release about a conference and exhibition on conflict looting and the importance of provenance research to cultural heritage protection. – European Shoah Legacy Institute

September 17th, 2015

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MYSURU: Sri Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud taluk, also known as Dakshina Kashi, will come under CCTV surveillance once again. The new security system will see the setting up of 20 CCTV cameras at vital locations in and around the temple. The first phase of the work will be executed at a cost of Rs 70 lakh. The CCTV control room will be located at the temple office. Parallel live feeds will also be provided to the Mysuru deputy commissioner’s office, Mysuru district superintendent of police office, Nanjangud Town Police station. The feed can be stored for a month.

more: Mysuru’s Srikanteshwara Temple to get hi-tech security – The Times of India

September 17th, 2015

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MYSURU: Sri Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud taluk, also known as Dakshina Kashi, will come under CCTV surveillance once again. The new security system will see the setting up of 20 CCTV cameras at vital locations in and around the temple. The first phase of the work will be executed at a cost of Rs 70 lakh. The CCTV control room will be located at the temple office. Parallel live feeds will also be provided to the Mysuru deputy commissioner’s office, Mysuru district superintendent of police office, Nanjangud Town Police station. The feed can be stored for a month.

more: Mysuru’s Srikanteshwara Temple to get hi-tech security – The Times of India

September 17th, 2015

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Couple Wants Money Back for Stolen Art
By NICK DIVITO MANHATTAN (CN) – A couple wants its $898,000 back after unwittingly buying a stolen Jasper Johns painting.

     Perry and Donna Golkin filed suit Friday in New York Supreme Court against DAE Associates’ Danese Corey.
Johns’ former administrative assistant, non-party James Meyer, got 18 months in prison in April for stealing at least 22 of the American artists’ works from his Sharon, Conn. studio, then selling them to other dealers.
One of those stolen paintings, described in court papers as an acrylic on twinrocker paper laid on canvas and dated between 2002 and 2005, was bought by the Golkins.
After learning of Meyer’s sentence, the two returned the painting to Johns as directed by prosecutors.
They then asked Corey for their money back, but to no avail.
They are represented by Philip K. Howard with Covington & Burling LLP.

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September 16th, 2015

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A Paris court ruled Monday that Swiss “king of freeports” and art dealer Yves Bouvier, 52, must pay a bail sum of $30 million for the “concealed theft” of Picasso works that he sold to Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev in 2013. Bouvier denies any wrongdoing.Picasso’s gouache paintings ‘Woman’s Head’, ‘Woman with a Fan’ and 58 drawings that Bouvier sold to the Russian collector were the property of Picasso’s step-daughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, 68.Hutin-Blay claims she did not sell the Picassos and thought they were in storage near Paris until a Brazilian art restorer sounded the alarm on the works’ new ownership. She says no payment was received for the sales.Bouvier’s bail sum was set at the amount that Rybolovlev’s family trust paid for the Picasso paintings.

more: Paris Judge Fines Yves Bouvier $30 Million for Picasso Thefts – ArtfixDaily News Feed

September 16th, 2015

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Two of the nine Andy Warhol prints stolen from a Los Angeles movie business in a theft that went unnoticed for years have been turned over to police, an attorney for a man who had the artwork said on Tuesday.Attorney Harland Braun said he arranged to have police come to his office on Monday and pick up Warhol prints titled “Siberian Tiger” and “Bighorn Ram,” which he said were among three prints his client bought several years ago from a man involved in commercial construction.Braun represents Bryan Calvero, who he said works at apparel company Crooks & Castles and was named in court documents in the theft case. Braun said Calvero was unaware the two prints – as well as a third one that he sold through an auction house – were reported stolen until a journalist contacted him last week.Los Angeles police art detail detective Don Hrycyk declined to confirm the prints were returned or comment on the case.

more: Two stolen Andy Warhol prints handed to L.A. police -attorney | Reuters

September 16th, 2015

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Two of the nine Andy Warhol prints stolen from a Los Angeles movie business in a theft that went unnoticed for years have been turned over to police, an attorney for a man who had the artwork said on Tuesday.Attorney Harland Braun said he arranged to have police come to his office on Monday and pick up Warhol prints titled “Siberian Tiger” and “Bighorn Ram,” which he said were among three prints his client bought several years ago from a man involved in commercial construction.Braun represents Bryan Calvero, who he said works at apparel company Crooks & Castles and was named in court documents in the theft case. Braun said Calvero was unaware the two prints – as well as a third one that he sold through an auction house – were reported stolen until a journalist contacted him last week.Los Angeles police art detail detective Don Hrycyk declined to confirm the prints were returned or comment on the case.

more: Two stolen Andy Warhol prints handed to L.A. police -attorney | Reuters

September 16th, 2015

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A major Swiss art dealer was on Monday placed under investigation in Paris and given a €27 million bail for the “concealed theft” of two Picasso paintings which the Spanish artist’s family said were never for sale.Yves Bouvier, 52, faces charges of hiding the fact that two gouache paintings – Tête de femme. Profil (Woman’s head. Profile) and Espangole à l’éventail (Spanish woman with a fan) – he sold to a Russian oligarch in 2013 were in fact stolen from Picasso’s stepdaughter – Catherine Hutin-Blay.Ms Hutin-Blay, the only daughter of Picasso’s second wife Jacqueline, filed a legal complaint in March over the disappearance of the two works, along with another painting, Portrait of a Soldier, and 58 drawings taken from Picasso’s sketchbooks.The bail sum of €27m was the amount that Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev, who owns Monaco football club, paid for the two paintings, judicial sources told AFP. He also owns the 58 drawings, though it is not known where the third painting is. There has been no suggestion that Mr Rybolovlev, who bought his art through a family trust, knew that any of the works might have been stolen.

More: Yves Bouvier charged over ‘concealed theft’ of Picasso paintings – Telegraph

September 15th, 2015

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A major Swiss art dealer was on Monday placed under investigation in Paris and given a €27 million bail for the “concealed theft” of two Picasso paintings which the Spanish artist’s family said were never for sale.Yves Bouvier, 52, faces charges of hiding the fact that two gouache paintings – Tête de femme. Profil (Woman’s head. Profile) and Espangole à l’éventail (Spanish woman with a fan) – he sold to a Russian oligarch in 2013 were in fact stolen from Picasso’s stepdaughter – Catherine Hutin-Blay.Ms Hutin-Blay, the only daughter of Picasso’s second wife Jacqueline, filed a legal complaint in March over the disappearance of the two works, along with another painting, Portrait of a Soldier, and 58 drawings taken from Picasso’s sketchbooks.The bail sum of €27m was the amount that Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev, who owns Monaco football club, paid for the two paintings, judicial sources told AFP. He also owns the 58 drawings, though it is not known where the third painting is. There has been no suggestion that Mr Rybolovlev, who bought his art through a family trust, knew that any of the works might have been stolen.

More: Yves Bouvier charged over ‘concealed theft’ of Picasso paintings – Telegraph

September 15th, 2015

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Tradition of vandalizing China’s treasures endures at Palace Museum

The etching between the handles of the copper vessel. (Internet photo)

An engraved “love peach” circling the etched names of a man and a woman clearly did not quite fit with the otherwise austere character of one of the 300-year-old ceremonial copper vessels at the Palace Museum in Beijing. Internet users in the country are in strong agreement on yet another case of petty vandalism of the world’s ancient artifacts by Chinese tourists, reports Shanghai-based online outlet the Paper.

“Zhang Tao and Liu Ya, show your love for each other somewhere else,” said netizen Diamond Blade. “Carving your names into a 300-year-old artifact is a crime.”

The names of the pair were etched next to the handle of a Ming Dynasty jar that is at least 300 years old, according to a staff member at the museum, the former palace of China’s emperors.

Such instances of vandalism occur every year at the Palace Museum because the fine for such an offense is miniscule, the employee said. According to the country’s laws governing the protection of cultural relics, instances where the surface of a relic is altered by drawing or carving may be punished with a maximum fine of 200 yuan (US$30). Those who significantly damage the piece may be detained by the Ministry of Public Security, while heavy damage calls for a civil lawsuit and significant monetary compensation, according to the Beijing Times.

More: Tradition of vandalizing China’s treasures endures at Palace Museum|WCT

September 15th, 2015

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Tradition of vandalizing China’s treasures endures at Palace Museum

The etching between the handles of the copper vessel. (Internet photo)

An engraved “love peach” circling the etched names of a man and a woman clearly did not quite fit with the otherwise austere character of one of the 300-year-old ceremonial copper vessels at the Palace Museum in Beijing. Internet users in the country are in strong agreement on yet another case of petty vandalism of the world’s ancient artifacts by Chinese tourists, reports Shanghai-based online outlet the Paper.

“Zhang Tao and Liu Ya, show your love for each other somewhere else,” said netizen Diamond Blade. “Carving your names into a 300-year-old artifact is a crime.”

The names of the pair were etched next to the handle of a Ming Dynasty jar that is at least 300 years old, according to a staff member at the museum, the former palace of China’s emperors.

Such instances of vandalism occur every year at the Palace Museum because the fine for such an offense is miniscule, the employee said. According to the country’s laws governing the protection of cultural relics, instances where the surface of a relic is altered by drawing or carving may be punished with a maximum fine of 200 yuan (US$30). Those who significantly damage the piece may be detained by the Ministry of Public Security, while heavy damage calls for a civil lawsuit and significant monetary compensation, according to the Beijing Times.

More: Tradition of vandalizing China’s treasures endures at Palace Museum|WCT

September 15th, 2015

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The Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier is due to be questioned today, 14 September, by a judge in Paris who is investigating the case of the alleged theft of 60 works by Picasso.The judge, Isabelle Rich-Flament, is investigating a complaint filed in March by the daughter of the artist’s wife Jacqueline Picasso. Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, claims the works were stolen from a store in a Paris suburb run by Art Transit, a Bouvier family company.Bouvier sold the works for €36m to the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev but the Swiss dealer’s spokesman says that he “never suspected they could have been stolen” and had proceeded with all due diligence, including consulting the Art Loss Register, which indicated the works were not registered as stolen.The inquiry in Paris was launched in March after Hutin-Blay learned that two portraits of her mother, dated 1957, were in Rybolovlev’s collection. The Art Newspaper can reveal that Bouvier also sold 58 drawings dated 1955. Bouvier’s lawyers and spokesman confirm the sales. Hutin-Blay told French police they disappeared from the same store. The Russian collector’s lawyer tells us he is ready to give everything back, if they were indeed stolen.

more: Swiss dealer to defend Picasso sales before French judge

September 14th, 2015

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With the East Godavari district officials making arrangements to complete the Indira Sagar (Polavaram) left canal works, Buddhists and heritage lovers are expressing serious concerns over the digging works that pass through Kummarilova village near Tuni, a site where remains of Buddhist pottery dating back to the Satavahana period are being unearthed by the department of Archaeology.

The left canal is intended to connect the Polavaram project site and Visakhapatnam district, so that the Godavari water could be diverted to the north Andhra, once the long-pending project is completed. As per the plan, the left main canal passes towards Paravada in Visakhapatnam via Tuni from Rajahmundry. Instead of marking the canal via Tuni town, the officials have chosen the rural route, affecting the Kummarilova, probably to reduce expenditure under the relief and rehabilitation package.

“A good number of Buddhist relics have been unearthed by the department of Archaeology in and around Kummarilova. Some of them are with the department and some others are in the possession of the Revenue department in Tuni. We have made several representations to the district administration seeking an alternative route to the canal, which are of no use,” Merapala Narayana Rao, a scholar in Buddhist studies has told The Hindu . “Sayibula Metta, a village abutting Kummarilova has a Buddhist sthupa. The canal is marked just beside the sthupa,” he says.

more: Polavaram: heritage lovers worry over damage to relics

September 14th, 2015

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A panel from the Great Tapestry of Scotland has been stolen while the work was on display in Fife.The section, which showed the story of Rosslyn Chapel, was taken from Kirkcaldy Galleries at about 10:00 on Thursday.Fife Cultural Trust has appealed for help track down the missing panel and is helping police view CCTV footage.The Great Tapestry features 160 individual panels which were stitched by more than 1,000 volunteers.

Source: Panel stolen from Great Tapestry of Scotland in Kirkcaldy gallery – BBC News

September 12th, 2015

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«La Fuite en Egypte» et «Sainte Anne la Vierge et l’enfant Jésus», deux peintures sous verre datées du XVIe siècle, cristallisent la rivalité du Musée du Cinquantenaire de Bruxelles et du Vitrocentre de Romont. La première s’est fait dérober les deux pièces dans ses réserves en 1983 et 1990, la seconde en a hérité à la mort du collectionneur Frieder Ryser en 2005, comme le rapporte «La Liberté» dans son édition de vendredi, reprenant un article du quotidien belge «De Standaard». Frieder Ryser les avait acquises en 1993 et 2003 auprès d’antiquaires, après que les œuvres avaient échoué sur le marché de l’art.

Source: 20 Minutes

September 12th, 2015

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«La Fuite en Egypte» et «Sainte Anne la Vierge et l’enfant Jésus», deux peintures sous verre datées du XVIe siècle, cristallisent la rivalité du Musée du Cinquantenaire de Bruxelles et du Vitrocentre de Romont. La première s’est fait dérober les deux pièces dans ses réserves en 1983 et 1990, la seconde en a hérité à la mort du collectionneur Frieder Ryser en 2005, comme le rapporte «La Liberté» dans son édition de vendredi, reprenant un article du quotidien belge «De Standaard». Frieder Ryser les avait acquises en 1993 et 2003 auprès d’antiquaires, après que les œuvres avaient échoué sur le marché de l’art.

Source: 20 Minutes

September 12th, 2015

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Das war meine Kindheit, solche Sachen vergisst man nicht.” Wenn Wolf Kahn das sagt, ist es ein trauriger Satz. Denn in den Erinnerungen des heute 87-Jährigen marschiert die SA unter dem Fenster und brüllt das Horst-Wessel-Lied.

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September 12th, 2015

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Stolen church windows to be returned to Queenstown estate

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Three years after they were stolen, a set of valuable stained-glass church windows will be returned to the Maryland estate of Robert W. Kearns, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper.

In exchange, Kearns’ estate has paid $25,000 to Don Riggott, the Minnesota man who purchased the windows from a third party and later attempted to sell them on eBay.

Those terms are spelled out in a settlement that resolves a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court. Under the settlement, Kearns’ estate acknowledges that Riggott, who owns a company that salvages religious antiques, was not involved in the 2012 disappearance of the windows from an old milk house in Queen Anne’s County.

Last month, Clark Elrod, 53, of Queenstown, entered an Alford plea on a misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit theft in connection with the windows, which originally were installed in a Detroit church. With the Alford plea, Elrod didn’t admit guilt but did acknowledge that prosecutors had enough evidence against him to secure a conviction.

According to one estimate, the 64 windows that vanished are worth about $3.5 million.

U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank signed an order Thursday dismissing the lawsuit.

Source: Stolen church windows to be returned to Queenstown estate – Baltimore Sun

September 12th, 2015

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The ongoing dispute over the authenticity of a scrap of papyrus from the ancient world highlights a larger question of how history is established.Ronen Zvulun / Reuters639 123 JOEL BADEN AND CANDIDA MOSS SEP 10, 2015In 2012, the world was introduced to the wife of Jesus—or, more accurately, to an ancient papyrus containing a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples in which Jesus appears to have used the phrase, “my wife.” Dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” or “GJW” for short, this scrap of text quickly became a media sensation, with a front-page story in The New York Times and a Smithsonian special featuring Harvard’s Karen King, the scholar who discovered it. Almost as quickly, however, a significant number of scholars, especially those trained as experts in the study of ancient papyri and languages, deemed the piece to be a modern forgery. By early 2014, the two sides had dug in deeper: Those in favor of authenticity produced lab tests on the papyrus and ink that supported their position, while those opposed produced more detailed analysis of the handwriting and the phrasing of the text, which pointed in the direction of fraud.

Source: The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife: Science, the Humanities, and the Fight to Define History – The Atlantic

September 11th, 2015

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The ongoing dispute over the authenticity of a scrap of papyrus from the ancient world highlights a larger question of how history is established.Ronen Zvulun / Reuters639 123 JOEL BADEN AND CANDIDA MOSS SEP 10, 2015In 2012, the world was introduced to the wife of Jesus—or, more accurately, to an ancient papyrus containing a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples in which Jesus appears to have used the phrase, “my wife.” Dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” or “GJW” for short, this scrap of text quickly became a media sensation, with a front-page story in The New York Times and a Smithsonian special featuring Harvard’s Karen King, the scholar who discovered it. Almost as quickly, however, a significant number of scholars, especially those trained as experts in the study of ancient papyri and languages, deemed the piece to be a modern forgery. By early 2014, the two sides had dug in deeper: Those in favor of authenticity produced lab tests on the papyrus and ink that supported their position, while those opposed produced more detailed analysis of the handwriting and the phrasing of the text, which pointed in the direction of fraud.

Source: The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife: Science, the Humanities, and the Fight to Define History – The Atlantic

September 11th, 2015

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Niño Sicario Desnuda Drama Social se lee en la cabeza de una nota secundaria de la portada de El Universal del sábado 4 de diciembre de 2010. La información, que daba cuenta de la historia de “El Ponchis”, el niño de 14 años detenido por la PGR por el homicidio de presuntos narcotraficantes rivales del cártel de los Beltrán Leyva, fue tomada por la artista oaxaqueña Mó Iturribarría para crear El Niño Sicario, un bordado que fue robado hace un par de semanas en la galería Titanik, en la ciudad Turku, Finlandia.Como parte de la exposición Handmade Politics, Iturribarría envió al país noreuropeo algunas de sus creaciones. Una de ellas muestra la fotografía de “El Chapo” Guzmán, justo después de ser detenido por primera vez en 1993. La imagen fue retomada por la revista Proceso en febrero de 2010 con la palabra “intocable” sobre la figura de Guzmán Loera. En su bordado, Iturribarría resaltó esa palabra, resignificándola y recontextualizándola. En su obra, las noticias sobre narcotráfico se hacen más claras, se evidencian muchos mensajes escondidos en el lenguaje periodístico.

Source: Denuncia Mó Iturribarría robo de obra en Finlandia | Arte y Cultura | El Imparcial

September 11th, 2015

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Niño Sicario Desnuda Drama Social se lee en la cabeza de una nota secundaria de la portada de El Universal del sábado 4 de diciembre de 2010. La información, que daba cuenta de la historia de “El Ponchis”, el niño de 14 años detenido por la PGR por el homicidio de presuntos narcotraficantes rivales del cártel de los Beltrán Leyva, fue tomada por la artista oaxaqueña Mó Iturribarría para crear El Niño Sicario, un bordado que fue robado hace un par de semanas en la galería Titanik, en la ciudad Turku, Finlandia.Como parte de la exposición Handmade Politics, Iturribarría envió al país noreuropeo algunas de sus creaciones. Una de ellas muestra la fotografía de “El Chapo” Guzmán, justo después de ser detenido por primera vez en 1993. La imagen fue retomada por la revista Proceso en febrero de 2010 con la palabra “intocable” sobre la figura de Guzmán Loera. En su bordado, Iturribarría resaltó esa palabra, resignificándola y recontextualizándola. En su obra, las noticias sobre narcotráfico se hacen más claras, se evidencian muchos mensajes escondidos en el lenguaje periodístico.

Source: Denuncia Mó Iturribarría robo de obra en Finlandia | Arte y Cultura | El Imparcial

September 11th, 2015

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Perquisizioni anche in provincia di Rimini (dove sono due le persone coinvolte) nell’ambito dell’operazione dei carabinieri di Reggio Emilia che ha permesso di recuperare refurtiva per circa 20 milioni di euro. Nove le province interessate (anche in Lombardia e Calabria) e 52 gli indagati (15 di etnia sinti, 33 italiani, 2 albanesi, 1 marocchino ed 1 nigeriano) ritenuti responsabili, a vario titolo, di associazione per delinquere finalizzata alla truffa, ricettazione e riciclaggio di beni e denaro provento di furti e truffe, traffico di opere d’arte false, illecita detenzione di armi. Nelle 40 perquisizioni avvenute oggi sono stati recuperati numerosi elettrodomestici (oltre 400 pezzi per un valore di 1 milione di euro) ma anche materiale archeologico (2 daghe e due monete di epoca romana), storico (una statua di un aquila romana risalente al ventennio fascista) e tre testi antichi. Ritrovate anche opere arte di grande pregio: un dipinto di Picasso che se originale varrebbe circa 3 milioni di euro, un quadro autentico del pittore Alberto Burri (10 milioni di euro), tre opere di Basquiat (delle quali si sta verificando l’autenticità), un quadro del Melloni (30.000 euro) ed uno di De Boucher (1 milione).

Source: Traffico opere d’arte, perquisizioni a Rimini. Recuperati Picasso, Basquiat e un Burri da 10mln • Newsrimini.it

September 11th, 2015

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Perquisizioni anche in provincia di Rimini (dove sono due le persone coinvolte) nell’ambito dell’operazione dei carabinieri di Reggio Emilia che ha permesso di recuperare refurtiva per circa 20 milioni di euro. Nove le province interessate (anche in Lombardia e Calabria) e 52 gli indagati (15 di etnia sinti, 33 italiani, 2 albanesi, 1 marocchino ed 1 nigeriano) ritenuti responsabili, a vario titolo, di associazione per delinquere finalizzata alla truffa, ricettazione e riciclaggio di beni e denaro provento di furti e truffe, traffico di opere d’arte false, illecita detenzione di armi. Nelle 40 perquisizioni avvenute oggi sono stati recuperati numerosi elettrodomestici (oltre 400 pezzi per un valore di 1 milione di euro) ma anche materiale archeologico (2 daghe e due monete di epoca romana), storico (una statua di un aquila romana risalente al ventennio fascista) e tre testi antichi. Ritrovate anche opere arte di grande pregio: un dipinto di Picasso che se originale varrebbe circa 3 milioni di euro, un quadro autentico del pittore Alberto Burri (10 milioni di euro), tre opere di Basquiat (delle quali si sta verificando l’autenticità), un quadro del Melloni (30.000 euro) ed uno di De Boucher (1 milione).

Source: Traffico opere d’arte, perquisizioni a Rimini. Recuperati Picasso, Basquiat e un Burri da 10mln • Newsrimini.it

September 11th, 2015

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Reggio Emilia, 10 settembre 2015 – Oltre 40 perquisizioni sono scattate questa mattina all’alba nell’ambito di un’operazione dei carabinieri del comando provinciale di Reggio, con personale del quinto Reggimento di Bologna, del Nucleo tutela patrimonio culturale di Bologna, del Nucleo cinofili di Bologna e del tredicesimo nucleo elicotteri di Forlì.È stata recuperata refurtiva per 20 milioni di euro (FOTO), tra cui quadri di famosissimi artisti, si parla anche di Picasso. Cinquantadue gli indagati (15 di etnia sinti, 33 italiani, 2 albanesi, 1 marocchino e un nigeriano) ritenuti responsabili, a vario titolo, di associazione per delinquere finalizzata alla truffa, alla ricettazione e al riciclaggio di beni e di denaro provento di furti e truffe, traffico di opere d’arte autentiche e false, di autoriciclaggio, nonché di illecita detenzione di opere d’arte.Le attività hanno riguardato anche le province di Bologna, Parma, Rimini, Ferrara, Modena, Mantova, Brescia e  Crotone, si sono concretizzate nell’esecuzione di oltre 40 perquisizioni locali, domiciliari e personali, allo scopo di disarticolare la rete di ricettatori che, con varie modalità, reimpiegavano la refurtiva proveniente dai numerosi furti commessi anche nel territorio reggiano.

Source: Opere d’arte, recuperata refurtiva per 20 milioni di euro – Reggio Emilia – il Resto del Carlino – Notizie di Bologna e dell’Emilia Romagna, di Ancona e delle Marche

September 11th, 2015

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Reggio Emilia, 10 settembre 2015 – Oltre 40 perquisizioni sono scattate questa mattina all’alba nell’ambito di un’operazione dei carabinieri del comando provinciale di Reggio, con personale del quinto Reggimento di Bologna, del Nucleo tutela patrimonio culturale di Bologna, del Nucleo cinofili di Bologna e del tredicesimo nucleo elicotteri di Forlì.È stata recuperata refurtiva per 20 milioni di euro (FOTO), tra cui quadri di famosissimi artisti, si parla anche di Picasso. Cinquantadue gli indagati (15 di etnia sinti, 33 italiani, 2 albanesi, 1 marocchino e un nigeriano) ritenuti responsabili, a vario titolo, di associazione per delinquere finalizzata alla truffa, alla ricettazione e al riciclaggio di beni e di denaro provento di furti e truffe, traffico di opere d’arte autentiche e false, di autoriciclaggio, nonché di illecita detenzione di opere d’arte.Le attività hanno riguardato anche le province di Bologna, Parma, Rimini, Ferrara, Modena, Mantova, Brescia e  Crotone, si sono concretizzate nell’esecuzione di oltre 40 perquisizioni locali, domiciliari e personali, allo scopo di disarticolare la rete di ricettatori che, con varie modalità, reimpiegavano la refurtiva proveniente dai numerosi furti commessi anche nel territorio reggiano.

Source: Opere d’arte, recuperata refurtiva per 20 milioni di euro – Reggio Emilia – il Resto del Carlino – Notizie di Bologna e dell’Emilia Romagna, di Ancona e delle Marche

September 11th, 2015

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La mairie de Magné (Vienne), à une trentaine de kilomètres au sud de Poitiers, a confirmé ce jeudi avoir porté plainte en août dernier après le vol des reliques de deux saints dans l’église de la commune, des ossements entourés par un parchemin. Une enquête a été confiée à la gendarmerie sur ce vol peu banal car d’ordinaire, ce sont plutôt les précieux reliquaires où sont entreposés les restes des saints qui font l’objet d’un trafic. C’est un bénévole de la paroisse qui s’est rendu compte du vol, dont la date précise n’a pas été établie, a indiqué le maire de Magné, Murielle Phelippon. “Il a vu que les deux reliquaires qui sont accrochés au fond de l’église étaient vides. Il n’y avait plus les reliques dedans, les os de Saint-Porchaire et de Sainte-Arthémie qui se trouvaient entourés dans un parchemin. On sait que les reliques étaient encore là le 28 juin, on les a vues sur les photos d’un baptême. Ce qui est curieux, c’est que les voleurs se sont désintéressés des reliquaires. Ils savaient très bien ce qu’ils venaient chercher”, a-t-elle dit.

Source: Vienne: des ossements de deux saints dérobés dans une petite église – charentelibre.fr

September 11th, 2015

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The man accused of stealing documents from the Buffalo History Museum is facing new charges.A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Daniel Witek, 52, of Buffalo, with three counts of mail fraud and one count of interstate transportation of stolen goods.Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo said Witek, who he described as a museum volunteer, devised a scheme to steal historical writings connected to the late philanthropist Anson Conger Goodyear and sell them to autograph dealers in New York City and New Jersey.Witek, who denies the allegations, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. and released.

Source: New charges lodged in antiquities theft – City & Region – The Buffalo News

September 11th, 2015

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The man accused of stealing documents from the Buffalo History Museum is facing new charges.A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Daniel Witek, 52, of Buffalo, with three counts of mail fraud and one count of interstate transportation of stolen goods.Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo said Witek, who he described as a museum volunteer, devised a scheme to steal historical writings connected to the late philanthropist Anson Conger Goodyear and sell them to autograph dealers in New York City and New Jersey.Witek, who denies the allegations, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. and released.

Source: New charges lodged in antiquities theft – City & Region – The Buffalo News

September 11th, 2015

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Argentina’s authorities captured two separate contraband traders moving historic artifacts and stolen artworks across the Argentine-Uruguay border in a sign that the underworld art trade continues to thrive.

The suspects — who were captured by the Argentine customs agency (known by its acronym AFIP) in separate vehicles at a prominent border crossing — were moving ancient books, weapons, musical instruments and paintings, among other items, Clarin reported.

At least three of the books were printed by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th Century; the artwork was more recent and included items from the Lebanese artist Bibi Zogbe’s collection of paintings, La Nacion said.

Authorities believe the artifacts and art were headed to Europe via Montevideo, Clarin added.

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September 11th, 2015

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Gudrun Bühnemann, a scholar of Buddhism and Hinduism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, visits the beautifully detailed temples of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal nearly every year.

Source: Professor looks to future of damaged artifacts in Nepal

September 10th, 2015

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Case reopened after new information provided by Hungary

Source: Tate should return looted Constable painting, new report recommends

September 10th, 2015

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One of the West’s famous cider families, who had millions of pounds worth of paintings stolen, have defended their decision to go behind the backs of the police and pay “intermediaries” to get their stolen paintings back.

The Bulmer family did not tell detectives investigating the robbery at their home six years ago that private investigators had made a major breakthrough in the crime, and made contact with an unidentified person who had the paintings.

A total of 15 paintings were stolen from the country mansion of Esmond Bulmer, near Bruton in Somerset, back in 2009.

Read more: http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Stolen-art-recovered-6-years-raid/story-27768578-detail/story.html#ixzz3lKJjIiin
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September 10th, 2015

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One of the West’s famous cider families, who had millions of pounds worth of paintings stolen, have defended their decision to go behind the backs of the police and pay “intermediaries” to get their stolen paintings back.

The Bulmer family did not tell detectives investigating the robbery at their home six years ago that private investigators had made a major breakthrough in the crime, and made contact with an unidentified person who had the paintings.

A total of 15 paintings were stolen from the country mansion of Esmond Bulmer, near Bruton in Somerset, back in 2009.

Read more: http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Stolen-art-recovered-6-years-raid/story-27768578-detail/story.html#ixzz3lKJjIiin
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September 10th, 2015

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The location is close to the village of Walim – about 12 miles from Walbrzych where the hunt for the fabled treasure haul is ongoing

Source: Nazi gold train treasure hunters discovered secret mile long tunnel with 90-year-old railway map – Mirror Online

September 10th, 2015

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Source: El nazi que expolió San Nicolás – Diario de Burgos

September 10th, 2015

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+ – Abruzzo. Non solo 241 oggetti trafugati nelle chiese, tra cui il dipinto raffigurante una Madonna con Bambino di autore sconosciuto, risalente al Settecento e rubato in un chiesa del Fermano nel giugno 1990, ma anche 60 reperti archeologici.     E’ il bilancio dei sequestri compiuti nell’indagine dei Carabinieri del Nucleo tutela del …

Source: Dipinti rubati nelle chiese: 17 opere d’arte recuperate, indagini anche in Abruzzo | CityRumors.it

September 10th, 2015

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+ – Abruzzo. Non solo 241 oggetti trafugati nelle chiese, tra cui il dipinto raffigurante una Madonna con Bambino di autore sconosciuto, risalente al Settecento e rubato in un chiesa del Fermano nel giugno 1990, ma anche 60 reperti archeologici.     E’ il bilancio dei sequestri compiuti nell’indagine dei Carabinieri del Nucleo tutela del …

Source: Dipinti rubati nelle chiese: 17 opere d’arte recuperate, indagini anche in Abruzzo | CityRumors.it

September 10th, 2015

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In casa non pare siano stati trovati segni di effrazione. Potrebbe dunque trattarsi di un colpo su commissione

Source: Il Friuli – Ladri d’arte a Faedis: rubate quattro tele di Ken Howard

September 10th, 2015

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In casa non pare siano stati trovati segni di effrazione. Potrebbe dunque trattarsi di un colpo su commissione

Source: Il Friuli – Ladri d’arte a Faedis: rubate quattro tele di Ken Howard

September 10th, 2015

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“Puntare sull’Italia come un grande museo diffuso”. E’ l’idea del ministro dei Beni culturali DarioFranceschini.© ANSA

Source: Franceschini,Italia grande museo diffuso – Marche – ANSA.it

September 10th, 2015

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Source: ISIS looting and destruction of heritage sites has roots in ideology and finance | World | Jewish Journal

September 9th, 2015

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Source: ISIS looting and destruction of heritage sites has roots in ideology and finance | World | Jewish Journal

September 9th, 2015

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Stolen treasures not destroyed can end up being sold on the black market in the U.S. or Europe, filling ISIS coffers

Source: ISIS looted Syrian ancient artifacts make it to black market in US and Europe – CBS News

September 9th, 2015

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Conference in London holds discussions on the big business of transferring illicit funds via largely unregulated sales of artistic works to avoid paying taxes

Source: The link between art and money laundering

September 9th, 2015

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A survey will be carried out to determine the damage and the length of the closure necessary for the repairs

Source: Flooded Egham Museum closed after water pours through roof – Get Surrey

September 9th, 2015

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Antiquities robbers destroy 1,400-year-old church mosaic

Source: Israel Hayom | Antiquities robbers destroy 1,400-year-old church mosaic

September 9th, 2015

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Antiquities robbers destroy 1,400-year-old church mosaic

Source: Israel Hayom | Antiquities robbers destroy 1,400-year-old church mosaic

September 9th, 2015

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The 3D printed replicas are a result of using technology to protect precious statues important to Buddhism.

Source: Buddhist Temples Use 3D Printed Statues to Reduce Theft of Priceless Originals – World Religion News

September 9th, 2015

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The German art market is being flooded by suspected Dada forgeries sold on eBay.

Source: German Market Flooded with Dada Forgeries- artnet News

September 9th, 2015

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May 23rd, 2015

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