Museum Security Network

Month: September 2017

Marseille : une stèle égyptienne volée en pleine journée

laprovence.com/article/faits-divers-justice/4632398/marseille-une-stele-egyptienne-volee-en-pleine-journee.html L.D’A. La stèle funéraire égyptienne, vieille de plusieurs milliers d’années, peut-être d’une grande valeur marchande, semble avoir été dérobée avec la facilité d’un chapardage de bibelot au rayon bazar d’un supermarché. Révélé par nos confrères de Marsactu et confirmé par la police judiciaire, chargée des investigations, le larcin s’est pourtant déroulé, début septembre, dans un lieu…

Manhattan DA Says Seized Antiquity Should Be Returned to Lebanon | artnet News

news.artnet.com/art-world/manhattan-district-attorney-says-antiquity-seized-from-met-should-be-returned-to-lebanon-1096220 26/09/2017 Two months after authorities seized an ancient head of a bull that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a senior official in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office says, in no uncertain terms, that the marble sculpture should be returned to Lebanon. The claim is the latest chapter in an…

The Surprising Truth About Fake Art and How to Avoid Being Scammed

townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a12108723/fake-art-how-to-avoid-scams/ 25/09/2017 Here’s a little test of your social anxiety. You’re on Main Street in East Hampton (You failed already! Just kidding), window-shopping, and you see an art gallery. You’re not an art connoisseur, but you know what you like and you’ve been known to spend on it. This gallery is no gewgaw emporium for…

Police in Italy fight back against theft of art from churches 

thelocal.it/20170913/police-in-italy-fight-back-against-theft-of-art-from-churches 13/09/2017 Most of the works of art were stolen from churches in southern Italy and some are nearly 500 years old. Italian police have recovered more than 100 works of religious art following investigations into 24 specific cases of theft from churches and religious institutions in central and southern Italy. The artwork retrieved has…

Heartbreak as museum destroyed in NSW fire

news.com.au/national/breaking-news/heartbreak-as-museum-destroyed-in-nsw-fire/news-story/676df659898a0aabcc08b4ee1bd25858 14/09/2017 A woman has escaped with her life, trapped inside a building as a bushfire ripped through an historic rail museum in the NSW Hunter Valley. Volunteers at the Richmond Vale Train Museum near Cessnock are counting their blessings after Wednesday’s blaze reduced several irreplaceable exhibits to ashes but spared the life of their…

BBC-News Interview with Prof. Sylvester Ogbechie

aachronym.blogspot.nl/2017/09/bbc-news-interview-with-prof-sylvester.html By S. Okwunodu Ogbechie Recent reports that the British Museum and other Western museums are trying to forge a deal to return looted African artworks to Africa have prompted a lot of discussion. BBCNews interviewed me on the subject on September 4, 2017 and a clip of the interview is posted here. I have written on the…

Amid ‘smuggling’ controversy, govt to go in for antiquity audit

tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/amid-smuggling-controversy-govt-to-go-in-for-antiquity-audit/463879.html 08/09/2017 Punjab Posted at: Sep 8, 2017, 2:20 AM; last updated: Sep 8, 2017, 2:20 AM (IST) Chandigarh, September 7 Stung by reports of alleged connivance of the then Director, Museums and Archaeology, with an antique smuggler, the state government has decided to hold a third-party audit of antiquities in Punjab’s museums. The audit…

Heritage enthusiasts seek to crowdsource global search for stolen Indian treasures

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/heritage-enthusiasts-seek-to-crowdsource-global-search-for-stolen-indian-treasures/articleshow/60431313.cms TNN08/09/2017 CHENNAI: Singapore-based sculpture enthusiast S Vijay Kumar, who has helped identify and bring back many stolen idols to India, believes that crowdsourcing the hunt for stolen idols will help curb illegal sale of Indian antiquities worldwide. On Friday, Kumar, co-founder of the India Pride Project (IPP), a volunteer-run effort to trace and bring back India’s stolen heritage, discussed…

The great antiques heist in Punjab

tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/the-great-antiques-heist-in-punjab/464472.html 09/09/2017 Punjab Posted at: Sep 9, 2017, 2:41 AM; last updated: Sep 9, 2017, 8:20 PM (IST) Unchecked all the time, unnoticed at times, history is being stolen systematically The sculpture found in Sangrur that was stolen. Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 While digging a mound, a 10-year-old girl discovered a…

German Police Recover 15 Stolen Georg Baselitz Artworks Worth Nearly $3 Million | artnet News

news.artnet.com/art-world/stolen-georg-baselitz-artworks-1070624 05/09/2017 German authorities in Munich have recovered 15 stolen paintings and drawings by Georg Baselitz valued at €2.5 million ($2.97 million). A 39-year-old man from Düsseldorf stands accused of stealing the works between June 2015 and March 2016 from the storage facility of a shipping company outside of Munich, where he worked as a driver. Two…

Night at the museum: Why the great skylight caper at the MMFA remains unsolved, 45 years later

cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/45-years-mmfa-heist-1.4273365 The year was 1972 and under the cover of darkness, three men descended into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through a skylight, tied up several guards, and made off with $2 million in stolen art, precious jewels and artifacts. Among the loot, a canvas attributed to Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn valued at…

Stubborn Stand-off Over Stolen Gardner Museum Art Could End With Sentencing Of Hartford Gangster

Edmund H. Mahony Contact Reporter The end may be near in the long, strange standoff between geriatric Hartfordgangster Robert “The Cook” Gentile and the investigators who suspect he is concealing information about history’s richest art theft, the heist a quarter century ago of $500 million in paintings and other works from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The…

Iraq establishes new security force to protect its archaeological wealth

al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/dhi-qar-iraq-security-antiquities.html 01/09/2017 BAGHDAD — On Aug. 7, Dhi Qar province, south of Iraq, formed a security force to protect its archaeological sites and monuments. The province is one of Iraq’s richest in archaeological sites, some of which are 7,000 years old. The new force intends to enforce strict security measures to curb antiquities trafficking in areas with considerable…

Insider theft – Ex-Polish president’s waiter on trial over theft of painting

thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/323460,ExPolish-president%E2%80%99s-waiter-on-trial-over-theft-of-painting 31.08.2017 13:39 A former waiter went on trial on Thursday accused of stealing a valuable 19th century painting from the Polish presidential palace. The suspect in a Warsaw court. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański Prosecutors accuse the suspect of stealing a painting “of special significance” to Polish culture when he worked for the president’s office. The…

Italy displays marble Roman head stolen in World War II

sfgate.com/news/article/Italy-displays-marble-Roman-head-stolen-in-World-12166969.php  http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Italy-displays-marble-Roman-head-stolen-in-World-12166969.php Frances D’emilio, Associated Press Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. The Cleveland Museum of Art gave it back to Italy after learning the piece depicting Emperor Tiberius’ son had been stolen, apparently by Algerian troops, from southern Italy toward the end of World War II, brought into France, eventually sold at auction in Paris and…

European Summit to Discuss the Return of Looted West African Art

smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-museums-discuss-returning-looted-african-art-180964555/ SmartNews Keeping you current Treasures taken by a British invasion in 1897 could return to Nigeria as a permanent exhibition Some of the hundreds of brass plaques taken from Benin City in 1897 now held by the British Museum (Jorge Tutor / Alamy Stock Photo) By Ben Panko smithsonian.com August 31, 2017 In 1897, a British military expedition…