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Kwame Opoku – LOOTED ETHIOPIAN TABOT CONCEALED PERMANENTLY IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, LONDON. IS THERE SOMEWHERE A MINIMUM SENSE OF SHAME?

toncremers.nl/LOOTED ETHIOPIAN TABOT CONCEALED PERMANENTLY IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.html   Questions of restitution of looted artefacts often take us to strange places and directions but the report of the concealed looted Ethiopian tabot took us to a place many would have heard about even if they have never been there, mainly because most important activities of…

Exhibit in Naples on ‘forbidden memory’ in Northern Cyprus

ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/10/30/exhibit-in-naples-on-forbidden-memory-in-northern-cyprus_caba49e0-7268-4acd-bce8-cf7bd6dfe2e3.html 30/10/2017 (ANSAmed) – NAPLES, OCTOBER 30 – Cyprus’ ambassador to Italy, Tasos Tzionis, stressed the importance of memory during the inauguration in Naples of the exhibit ”Cipro – Memoria interdetta” – or Cyprus, forbidden memory, organized by the local community, which focuses on the destruction of the island’s cultural heritage after the 1974 Turkish…

Antique smugglers’ mantra: Raze temples, strike gold

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/antique-smugglers-mantra-raze-temples-strike-gold/articleshow/59870415.cms Jaya Menon2-8-2017 Plundering of temples for rare icons is passe. It’s ripping of temple parts in collusion with their ‘custodians’ that is now causing concern. As shrines across Tamil Nadu are plundered for rare idols, demolition of temples in the name of restoration has facilitated theft of inscribed and medieval sculptures engraved within pillars and walls…

These Forgeries Fooled the Art World—What about You?

artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-forgeries-fooled-art-you 1-8-2017 Artist Elmyr de Hory is famous for his fakes. Throughout the 20th century, he forged the likes of Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani—and did it so skillfully that he managed to pawn off more than a thousand of his own works as those of the greats. When his deception was discovered in the 1950s, de Hory’s story…

Met Museum Turns Over Another Relic With Disputed Past to Prosecutors

nytimes.com/2017/08/01/arts/design/met-museum-relic-lebanon.html 1-8-2017 Manhattan prosecutors have taken custody of an ancient bull’s head that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art because of concerns that the antiquity was looted from a Lebanese storage area in the 1980s during Lebanon’s civil war. Met officials said that one of their curators raised concerns about the artifact…

Cataluña consuma el robo de 44 pinturas de Sijena: “Que la Policía las incaute”

elespanol.com/reportajes/20170801/235727151_0.html 2-8-2017 Órdago como respuesta a otro órdago. Se acabó el tiempo y Cataluña le ha mandado un mensaje retador a la justicia española: “No devolveremos las obras de arte del pueblo de Sijena (Huesca) aunque lo mande un juez”. El lunes se acababa el plazo para que la Generalitat de Catalunya trasladase a Aragón las…

Christie’s Must Name Bidder for a ‘Stolen’ $14.5 Million Turkish Idol, Judge Rules

news.artnet.com/art-world/federal-judge-says-christies-must-id-buyer-of-14-5m-turkish-idol-1036742 28-7-2017 In what can only be described as a highly unusual art law case, a Manhattan federal judge has ordered Christie’s auction house to identify the winning—yet ultimately unsuccessful—bidder of a 5,000-year-old artifact that Turkey is claiming as stolen cultural property. The bizarre part? The troubled deal stemmed from an auction in late April that was…

Stolen idols of Hindu gods turn up at art galleries in New York and London

scroll.in/magazine/844289/a-tiny-police-wing-is-trying-to-bring-back-the-thousands-of-idols-stolen-from-tamil-nadu History sheet A tiny police wing is trying to bring back the thousands of idols stolen from Tamil Nadu But is the department any match for the smugglers? Jul 30, 2017 · 11:30 am   Twirling one end of his jet-black handlebar moustache, Inspector General Ponn Manickavel said: “When the police looks one way,…

Israeli police seize stolen antiquities from Roman, Byzantine period

i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/151702-170730-israeli-police-seize-stolen-antiquities-from-roman-byzantine-period Israeli police sized antiquities from home in East Jerusalem on Sunday July 30, 2017 Police arrest five antique dealers from East Jerusalem and seize some NIS800,000 in cash and foreign currency Israeli police arrested five antique dealers from East Jerusalem on Sunday and seized NIS800,000 in cash and foreign currencies from the homes of the suspects,…

Antiques smuggling: ‘Kingpin’ loaned artefacts to museum to get legal tag

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/antiques-smuggling-kingpin-loaned-artefacts-to-museum-to-get-legal-tag/articleshow/59837679.cms 31-7-2017 TNN | Updated: Jul 31, 2017, 03:01 AM IST  MUMBAI: US citizen and alleged mastermind in the antiques smuggling case Vijay Nanda used to loan smuggled artefacts to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya to “legitimise” the illegal acquisitions. “These were loaned to the museum to take undue advantage of the exemptions available under the Antiques Act. It…

Mobiliser les parties prenantes pour la protection du patrimoine culturel en Afrique

La protection du patrimoine culturel est une question importante sur l’ensemble du continent africain, en particulier en raison des menaces et des défis qui comprennent les conflits, le pillage et le trafic illicite de biens culturels, ou le manque de sensibilisation ou de ressources. De l’Afrique de l’Est à l’Ouest, des acteurs culturels, des partenaires…

Rätselhafte Gemälde: Prozess um gestohlene Kunstwerke

Oberlandesgericht in Nürnberg steht vor einer schwierigen Aufgabe – 26.07.2017 19:36 Uhr NÜRNBERG – Über Kunst lässt sich nicht streiten – über wertvolle Kunstwerke schon: Vor Gericht fordert der Enkel des expressionistischen Malers Hans Purrmann zwei Gemälde ein. Die Bilder wurden seiner Familie gestohlen. “Frau im Sessel” (links) und “Blumenstrauß” heißen die Gemälde des Malers…

‘Parthenon’ made of books built at site of Nazi book burning – The Local

‘Parthenon’ made of books built at site of Nazi book burning thelocal.de/20170607/parthenon-made-of-books-built-at-site-of-nazi-book-burning 2017-6-7 “The Parthenon of Books” in Kassel. Photo: DPA. A Greek-style temple made out of banned books hopes to stir debate about censorship at the site of Nazi book burning in central Germany. It looks like the monumental temple standing imposingly at the…

Trafic d’oeuvres d’art : la Suisse s’éveille

Trafic d’oeuvres d’art : la Suisse s’éveille information.tv5monde.com/info/trafic-d-oeuvres-d-art-la-suisse-s-eveille-173148 2017-6-3 C’est une exposition inédite que propose le musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève (MAH). Ou plutôt une présentation – la présentation au public d’oeuvres qui n’auraient jamais dû s’y trouver. Entreposées aux Ports francs de Genève entre 2009 et 2010, neuf pièces archéologiques d’une immense valeur pour l’histoire…

insider theft – Brazil suffers biggest rare book heist in national history

Brazil suffers biggest rare book heist in national history plus55.com/brazil-culture/2017/05/biggest-rare-book-heist By plus55 The Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) suffered the largest rare book heist in Brazilian history. Last year, 303 works disappeared from the shelves of the prestigious university’s Pedro Calmon Library. Many pieces dated back to colonial times. Among the stolen artifacts were 16…

Forged Provenance — FBI

Forging Papers to Sell Fake Art fbi.gov/news/stories/forging-papers-to-sell-fake-art Spoutz’s scam was straightforward but well executed. He contacted art galleries or auction houses and offered for sale previously unknown works by artists such as American abstract impressionists Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Joan Mitchell. The art did not appear in any catalogs or collections of the…

Britain’s greatest art fraud exhibits in top galleries | Daily Mail Online

The fake’s progress: How the masterpieces of Britain’s greatest art fraud are now being shown in top galleries dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-4317370/Britain-s-greatest-art-fraud-exhibits-galleries.html 18/03/2017 The artist jailed for Britain’s most audacious art fraud has sneaked into top art galleries to hang his fakes next to real masterpieces. Don’t worry, John Myatt tells Event , I’ve done my time and…

Burgers’ Zoo parkmanager Wineke Schoo ontpopt zich als beveiligingsexpert

Volkskrant 7 maart 2017: Neushoornstropers slaan nu zelfs toe in Franse dierentuin, ‘Nederlandse’ Vince gedood. Neushoornstropers schrikken nergens meer voor terug. In het wild waren neushoorns al nergens meer veilig, en zelfs opgezette neushoorns in Europese natuurmusea werden van hun kostbare hoorns beroofd. Maar nu hebben de stropers voor het eerst ook toegeslagen in een…

La Grecia chiede alla Gran Bretagna la restituzione dei Fregi del Partenone

La Grecia chiede alla Gran Bretagna la restituzione dei Fregi del Partenone artemagazine.it/attualita/item/3631-la-grecia-chiede-alla-gran-bretagna-la-restituzione-dei-fregi-del-partenone Lunedì, 20 Febbraio 2017 11:31 Scritto da  Redazione La richiesta è avvenuta durante la giornata conclusiva di Tourisma da parte del ministro della Cultura greca. In questa occasione si è anche costituito un comitato italiano per la riunificazione dei marmi del Partenone, presieduto dal…

The Rise Of Fake And Forged Works Of Egyptian Modern Art – Artlyst

The Rise Of Fake And Forged Works Of Egyptian Modern Art artlyst.com/news/the-rise-of-fake-and-forged-works-of-egyptian-modern-art/ The discovery of fake and forged works has been something that has plagued the art market for centuries. There have been a number of famous cases, including the fake Frans Hals that Sotheby’s recently sold for ten million dollars, only to have to…

High Art, Wall Street Money, and Forgery Claims Collide in Quiet Corner of N.H.

High Art, Wall Street Money, and Forgery Claims Collide in Quiet Corner of N.H. nhpr.org/post/high-art-wall-street-money-and-forgery-claims-collide-quiet-corner-nh By Todd Bookman Mercenaries IV, a painting by artist Leon Golub from 1980. Credit Jennifer Mei/Creative Commons Between 2009 and 2011, a local art history professor sold two dozen paintings from her personal collection. The works were all by a…

F Is for Forgery: Van Gogh’s Lost Arles Sketchbook :: Visual Arts :: Features :: Paste

F Is for Forgery: Van Gogh’s Lost Arles Sketchbook pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/vincent-van-gogh-is-one.html Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most celebrated artists of the past two hundred years. It comes down to his uniquely known style. The way the paint builds on his canvasses to illuminates a body of water. Or the wicked curves of a cypress…

Furti d’arte in Italia: il grande lavoro dei Carabinieri

Furti d’arte in Italia: il grande lavoro dei Carabinieri newnotizie.it/2017/01/04/furti-darte-italia-grande-lavoro-dei-carabinieri/ 04/01/2017 I furti d’arte, ancora oggi dilaganti e dalle conseguenze incalcolabili sulla conservazione del patrimonio storico-artistico del Bel Paese, hanno radici molto profonde. I primi tentativi di regolamentazione del fenomeno risalgono al 1624, ed in particolare si debbono allo Stato della Chiesa. Nonostante la diffusa…

Did Egyptians Never Ask For The Restitution Of Nefertiti?

Did Egyptians Never Ask For The Restitution Of Nefertiti?Universal Museum Enthusiast Wrestles With Veracity And Reality modernghana.com/news/745455/did-egyptians-never-ask-for-the-restitution-of-nefertiti.html Right side of Nefertiti, Egypt, now in Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany. “The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also…

Angkor replicated: How Cambodian workshops produce fake masterpieces, and get away with it

Angkor replicated: How Cambodian workshops produce fake masterpieces, and get away with it scroll.in/article/822326/angkor-replicated-how-cambodian-workshops-produce-fake-masterpieces-and-get-away-with-it Martin Polkinghorne, The Conversation As part of my work as an archaeologist, my team and I recently discovered an ancient artists’ studio in UNESCO-listed Angkor, an area in Cambodia that was home to numerous capitals of the Khmer Empire and is…

Art world rocked by ‘genius’ £200m Old Masters forgery scandal – The i newspaper online iNews

Art world rocked by ‘genius’ £200m Old Masters forgery scandal inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/arts/art-world-rocked-genius-200m-old-masters-forgery-scandal/ Adam Sherwin21/10/2016 They are undoubtedly the work of a genius, art experts admit. But police are now investigating a spate of brilliant Old Masters forgeries which have fooled the world’s leading auction houses and museums. The authorities are seeking to crack the ring, thought…

9 of Art History’s Most Surprising Forgery Scandals | artnet News

9 of the Craziest Recent Forgery Scandals news.artnet.com/art-world/705428-705428 17/10/2016 Nothing strikes fear into the heart of an art collector or museum like the possibility that a prized work of art might actually be a worthless forgery. And yet, despite the best efforts of experts to safeguard against such chicanery, fake works masquerading as priceless original continue…

Serious doubts grow over Old Masters sold by Giulano Ruffini

Serious doubts grow over Old Masters sold by Giulano Ruffini theartnewspaper.com/news/doubts-grow-over-old-masters-sold-by-giulano-ruffini/ An Unknown Man was believed to have been by Frans Hals and was sold by Sotheby’s in 2011—the auction house has now cast serious doubt over its authenticity In the latest development in a growing scandal over several Old Master paintings, the authenticity of…

‘Moriarty of the Old Master’ pulls off the art crime of the century: Market in crisis as experts warn £200m of paintings could be fakes  | Daily Mail Online

‘Moriarty of the Old Master’ pulls off the art crime of the century: Market in crisis as experts warn £200m of paintings could be fakes’ dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3817580/Moriarty-Old-Master-pulls-art-crime-century-Market-crisis-experts-warn-200m-paintings-fakes.html 10/1/2016 The suspect Old Masters described as the ‘biggest scandal in a century’ In one case Sotheby’s in London forced to take back an £8.4m ‘Frans Hals’ Experts are…

How fake artworks are disrupting the Indigenous art market

Indigenous art: How fake works disrupt the market and disempower local artists abc.net.au/news/2016-10-05/how-fake-works-are-disrupting-the-indigenous-art-market/7904640 10/5/2016 RN By Rico Adjrun for AWAYE Posted about 4 hours agoWed 5 Oct 2016, 4:26am This year, Gabrielle Sullivan and her colleagues at the Indigenous Arts Code went to some of the most popular tourist destinations in the country for overseas…

No death bed confession in Gardner Museum heist – The Boston Globe

No deathbed confession in Gardner heist bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/09/30/death-bed-confession-gardner-museum-heist/LvxckD19M3wa0GlEFbd7VL/story.html By Shelley Murphy and Stephen Kurkjian Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent October 01, 2016 By Shelley Murphy and Stephen Kurkjian Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent  October 01, 2016 There will be no deathbed confession from a Connecticut mobster suspected by the FBI of having information about the whereabouts…

Mafiosi klauten Van-Gogh-Gemälde

Mafiosi klauten Van-Gogh-Gemälde handelszeitung.ch/vermischtes/mafiosi-klauten-van-gogh-gemaelde-1218455 14 Jahre nach dem Raub zweier Gemälde von Vincent van Gogh aus dem Amsterdamer Van Gogh Museum sind die Werke in Italien gefunden worden. Die italienische Polizei hatte die Gemälde im Millionen-Wert südlich von Neapel im Zuge von Drogenermittlungen gegen die Mafia entdeckt. Sie waren in dem Haus eines Drogenbosses der…

Camorra, trovati due quadri di Van Gogh: rubati nel 2002

Camorra, trovati due quadri di Van Gogh: rubati nel 2002 corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it/napoli/cronaca/16_settembre_30/camorra-trovati-due-quadri-van-gogh-rubati-2002-9daae33e-86d6-11e6-ab01-47135e367c80.shtml napoli del 1885 e del 1882 Sono stati ritrovati e sequestrati dalla Guardia di Finanza nel corso di un’operazione contro un gruppo di narcotrafficanti in affari con il clan camorristico degli Amato-Pagano, i cosiddetti scissionisti attivi nelle zone di Secondigliano e Scampia di Titti Beneduce…

Marcello Dell’Utri, procura di Napoli chiede il processo per peculato per i libri spariti dalla biblioteca Girolamini – Il Fatto Quotidiano

Marcello Dell’Utri, procura di Napoli chiede il processo per peculato per i libri spariti dalla biblioteca Girolamini ilfattoquotidiano.it/2016/09/26/marcello-dellutri-procura-di-napoli-chiede-il-processo-per-peculato-per-i-libri-spariti-dalla-biblioteca-girolamini/3057798/ 9/26/2016 Giustizia & Impunità Il suo amore per i libri è noto. Tanto che nessuno si stupì quando a Marcello Dell’Utri, in carcere per scontare una condanna a 7 anni per concorso esterno, sequestrarono 20mila libri. Tra i…

Sentences handed down in high-profile case over Drouot thefts

Sentences handed down in high-profile case over Drouot thefts theartnewspaper.com/market/sentences-handed-down-in-high-profile-case-over-drouot-thefts/ The “cols rouges” are named after the red collars of the art handlers’ uniform. Photo: MaxPPP/Christophe Petit Tesson On Tuesday, 6 September, the Paris Criminal Court convicted 38 of 49 defendants in a high-profile trial that opened in March over a complicated web of thefts…

Staying Ahead of the Forgers

Staying Ahead of the Forgers chromatographytoday.com/news/hplc-uhplc/31/breaking_news/staying_ahead_of_the_forgers/40187/ Sep 05 2016 07:00 AMHPLC, UHPLC Share this Art forgery is big business. For forgers, the ability to recreate a classic work of art and get it accepted by the experts as an authentic work of art gives a forger great pleasure. But authenticating art is not only an…

Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says

Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says theartnewspaper.com/news/news/almost-70-of-smuggled-objects-seized-in-syria-and-lebanon-are-fakes-antiquities-chief-says/   Syria’s antiquities and museums agency released photos of a number of fake mosaics that were circulating in 2013. The number has only gone up. Photo: DGAM Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s director general of antiquities and museums Close to three-quarters…

What we learned from the Knoedler fakes scandal

What we learned from the Knoedler fakes scandal theartnewspaper.com/news/what-we-learned-from-the-knoedler-fakes-scandal/   A purported Jackson Pollock sold by the Knoedler Gallery to Jack Levy Are collectors “stupid” to spend millions of dollars on a work of art without personally investigating its authenticity? This is what Robert Storr, the former dean of Yale University School of Art argues.…

€200k worth of books stolen

€200k worth of books stolen irishexaminer.com/ireland/200k-worth-of-books-stolen-412809.html Thursday, July 28, 2016 A former librarian who stole hundreds of rare, antique books worth nearly €200,000 from the National Library of Ireland has received a suspended sentence. Lawyers for John Nulty, aged 37, said that for nine years, he was compulsively taking the books and hoarding them in…

Former librarian who stole hundreds of rare antique books worth nearly €200,000 from the National Library of Ireland avoids jail

Former librarian who stole hundreds of rare antique books worth nearly €200,000 from the National Library of Ireland avoids jail independent.ie/irish-news/courts/former-librarian-who-stole-hundreds-of-rare-antique-books-worth-nearly-200000-from-the-national-library-of-ireland-avoids-jail-34917199.html Published 27/07/2016 | 15:07 2National Library of Ireland A former librarian who stole hundreds of rare antique books worth nearly €200,000 from the National Library of Ireland has received a suspended sentence. Lawyers for…

Vietnam museum says all paintings fake in high-profile exhibition

Vietnam museum says all paintings fake in high-profile exhibition thanhniennews.com/arts-culture/vietnam-museum-says-all-paintings-fake-in-highprofile-exhibition-64416.html Titled as “Abstract,” this painting is found to be deceptively put under the name of late artist Ta Ty at the exhibition “Paintings returned from the Europe.” A living artist has claimed the work as his. Photo: Lucy Nguyen/Thanh Nien The Ho Chi Minh City…

These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery

These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-these-four-technologies-may-finally-put-an-end-to-art-forgery Artsy Editorial By Rene Chun Jul 18th, 2016 7:40 am Like method actors and bearded brewmasters, the best art forgers are obsessed with authenticity. But thanks to a handful of new authentication technologies, even history’s most painstaking efforts wouldn’t stump today’s art sleuths.…

A Forger Confessed to Faking Millions in Lee Ufan Works—Now the Artist Says They’re Real

A Forger Confessed to Faking Millions in Lee Ufan Works—Now the Artist Says They’re Real artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-a-forger-confessed-to-faking-millions-in-lee-ufan-works-now-the-artist-says-they-re-real South Korean artist Lee Ufan poses near his artwork L’arche de Versailles (The arch of Versailles), on June 11, 2014, at the Chateau de Versailles. Image courtesy of Fred Dufour and Getty Images. Police in Seoul believed they had their man.…

Fake Monet, Renoir paintings cost dealer $31M and his reputation

Fake Monet, Renoir paintings cost dealer $31M and his reputation pagesix.com/2016/07/06/fake-monet-renoir-paintings-cost-dealer-31m-and-his-reputation/ By Derrick Bryson Taylor Modal Trigger (inset) Alex Komolov and wife Svetlana Komolova Photo: Getty Images / Alex Komolov Alex Komolov, the owner of the Alskom Gallery in Manhattan, is in the midst of a six-year legal battle against his former business colleagues for allegedly…

A house full of stolen antiques

A house full of stolen antiques frontline.in/the-nation/a-house-full-of-stolen-antiques/article8756071.ece Case of the missing idols AFTER the arrest of the international idol smuggler Subash Chandra Kapoor by the Tamil Nadu Police, a group of independent bloggers, inv… » The Idol Wing police in Tamil Nadu seize a treasure trove of antique idols stolen from temples in Tamil Nadu,…

Connoisseur & Smuggler:The 84-year-old art dealer and his collection of ‘stolen’ idols in Chennai

Connoisseur & Smuggler:The 84-year-old art dealer and his collection of ‘stolen’ idols in Chennai indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/connoisseur-smugglerthe-84-year-old-art-dealer-and-his-collection-of-stolen-idols-in-chennai-2863448/ Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published:June 20, 2016 1:00 am Investigators now say Deendayal used to ship such items to the US and European countries. Known as an art dealer, connoisseur and even an inspiration to contemporary artists, he…

13 of Lee U-fan’s paintings confirmed to be forged

13 of Lee U-fan’s paintings confirmed to be forged www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2016/06/148_206217.html Posted : 2016-06-03 16:53Updated : 2016-06-03 17:42 Lee U-fan’s “Point” By Yun Suh-young Police have confirmed that several of artist Lee U-fan’s works were forged. The announcement on Thursday is based on the results of a National Forensic Service probe. Suspicions about the works arose in 2012.…

Insider theft – Jail for woman who plundered famous photo prints

Jail for woman who plundered famous photo prints www.philly.com/philly/news/20160603_Jail_for_woman_who_plundered_famous_photo_prints.html By Justine McDaniel Bree DeStephano, 33, of York, was sentenced to 9 to 23 months in prison Thursday for stealing prints t from the award-winning Chester County photographer who snapped National Geographic’s famous Afghan Girl portrait. A York County woman was sentenced to 9 to 23…

‘Imagine how easy Keith Haring is to fake’

‘Imagine how easy Keith Haring is to fake’ theartnewspaper.com/market/art-market-news/imagine-how-easy-keith-haring-is-to-fake/ Richard Polsky. Photo: Bill Kane Last October Richard Polsky, the San Francisco art dealer who wrote I Bought Andy Warhol (2003), started an authentication service for the artist’s works, driven by the dissolution of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ authentication committee four years…

Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece

expatica.comhttp://www.expatica.com/nl/news/Ukranian-art-buyer-hands-back-stolen-Dutch-masterpiece_693043.html Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece 30th May 2016, 0 comments A Ukranian art buyer has handed back a missing 18th-century painting stolen a decade ago from a Dutch museum, bringing the total number of masterpieces retrieved from the heist to five, officials said on Monday. “A Ukranian resident returned one of…

Brett Whiteley fake art: Dealer and conservator guilty of Australia’s biggest art fraud

theage.com.auhttp://www.theage.com.au/victoria/brett-whiteley-fake-art-dealer-and-conservator-guilty-of-australias-biggest-art-fraud-20160512-gotqa4.html Brett Whiteley fake art: Dealer and conservator guilty of Australia’s biggest art fraud Mark RussellMay 12, 2016 – 5:06PM Art dealer Peter Gant has been found guilty of selling fake Brett Whiteley paintings. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer Two men have been found guilty of Australia’s biggest art fraud, where fake paintings by famous Australian artist…

Art forger goes straight selling £5,000 fakes

telegraph.co.ukhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/07/art-forger-goes-straight-selling-5000-fakes/ Art forger goes straight selling £5,000 fakes Robert Mendick , Chief Reporter These masterpieces should be worth in the region of a half a billion pounds. Except they are fakes produced by David Henty, a convicted forger who produced them in the living room of his house by the seaside Brighton. Mr Henty was…

Committing Crime Is Just Another Way To Use A City

fastcodesign.comhttp://www.fastcodesign.com/3059373/committing-crime-is-just-another-way-to-use-a-city Committing Crime Is Just Another Way To Use A City Geoff Manaugh 05.02.16 7:00 AM Before they knew his name, they called him Roofman. He would cut holes in the roofs of chain stores and fast food restaurants—usually a McDonald’s—then drop down through the ceiling to rob the startled employees. Geoff Manaugh’s A Burglar’s…

Terrorisme een dreiging voor musea?

In de vele jaren waarin westerse landen, ik realiseer mij heel goed dat westerse landen niet de grootste slachtoffers zijn, last hebben van terroristische aanslagen, zijn die aanslagen gericht op metro’s en metrostations, treinen en stations, vliegtuigen en vliegvelden. Het lijkt erop dat terroristen, of ‘fucking assholes’ zoals John Stewart ze noemde na de aanslagen in…

Kempton Bunton may not have stolen Goya’s Duke of Wellington | Books | Entertainment | Daily Express

THE audacious theft from the National Gallery was the stuff of Hollywood films. In the dead of night a cat burglar slipped through an open window, evaded the security and vanished with a valuable portrait by Francisco de Goya, the Spanish Old Master. Source: Kempton Bunton may not have stolen Goya’s Duke of Wellington |…

Stolen Dutch paintings recovered in Ukraine – BBC News

Stolen Dutch paintings recovered in Ukraine www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36052485 15 April 2016 From the section Europe Image copyright ReutersImage caption The recovered paintings were displayed at the headquarters of Ukraine’s security services Ukraine says it has recovered four paintings from a haul of 24 that was stolen from a gallery in the Netherlands more than a decade…

Museum raids gang: How police caught £57m heist masterminds – BBC News

Museum raids gang: How police caught £57m heist masterminds www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35941797   5 April 2016 From the section Cambridgeshire Image caption This rhino horn at Norwich Castle Museum and Chinese artefacts at several other museums were the thieves’ targets Months of covert phone monitoring led to the conviction of an organised crime gang involved in the…

Fake Whiteley paintings sold for $3.6 million

Fake Whiteley paintings sold for $3.6 million www.skynews.com.au/news/national/vic/2016/04/11/fake-whiteley-paintings-sold-for–3-6-million.html   Published: 7:18 pm, Monday, 11 April 2016 Two Brett Whiteley paintings that sold for more than $3 million were created in a Melbourne store room 15 years after the famous artist’s death, a court has heard. Blue Lavender Bay, purchased for $2.5 million by Sydney Swans…

Unfounded Arguments Against Restitution Of Stolen Benin Artefacts

modernghana.comhttp://www.modernghana.com/news/683204/unfounded-arguments-against-restitution-of-stolen-benin-arte.html Unfounded Arguments Against Restitution Of Stolen Benin Artefacts The Benin Cockerel above was looted by the British invasion army in 1897 during their notorious ‘Punitive Expedition’ in which they stole over 3500 Benin artefacts from the palace of the Oba of Benin. “There was a dim grandeur about it all , and also these…

Smears, counterclaims and lawsuits—the tangled web surrounding Prince of Liechtenstein’s Cranach

theartnewspaper.comhttp://theartnewspaper.com/news/the-tangled-web-surrounding-prince-of-liechtenstein-s-cranach/ Smears, counterclaims and lawsuits—the tangled web surrounding Prince of Liechtenstein’s Cranach Venus (1531), attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder. Photo: © LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz–Vienna There has been a bizarre new twist in the case of the Prince of Liechtenstein’s painting of Venus, attributed to Cranach, which was seized on 1 March by…

Real artifacts stolen, replaced with fake ones at Peshawar museum – Crime – Dunya News

dunyanews.tvhttp://dunyanews.tv/en/Crime/329390-Real-artifacts-stolen-replaced-with-fake-ones-at- Real artifacts stolen, replaced with fake ones at Peshawar museum   Last Updated On 26 March,2016 08:09 pm Anti-corruption department seals all records of Peshawar museum after the incident PESHAWAR (Dunya News) – A one of a kind theft was carried out in Peshawar where the original artifacts of the Peshawar museum after being stolen…

Stolen artefacts stashed by British art dealer Robin Symes are returned to Italy

theguardian.comhttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/22/stolen-artefacts-stashed-british-art-dealer-returned-italy Stolen artefacts stashed by British art dealer are returned to Italy Agence France-PresseTuesday 22 March 2016 14.49 GMT Italian and Swiss police have recovered priceless archaeological artefacts stolen from Italy and stored by a notorious British antiquities dealer, Italy’s culture ministry has said. The haul, worth €9m (£7.1m), was discovered in 2014 in a storage…

Wim Pijbes vertrekt als directeur van Rijksmuseum – een raadselachtige verandering van baan

Ik geef toe dat ik heb moeten wennen aan Wim Pijbes en zijn soms amechtige presentaties in praatprogramma’s. Zie: http://www.meditatione-ignis.org/bill-pijbes-in-emsterdem-en-de-engelse-ziekte/ Toch werd hij na enige tijd een door mij zeer gerespecteerde museumdirecteur (voor wat mijn waardering waard is). Echt een verlies voor het Rijks. Het zal niet simpel zijn een gelijkwaardige opvolger te vinden. Jammer. Museum…

Rathkeale Rovers gang leaders convicted of £57m plot to steal rhino horn and Chinese artefacts

independent.co.ukhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/gang-convicted-of-57m-plot-to-steal-rhino-horn-and-chinese-artefacts-a6903726.html Rathkeale Rovers gang leaders convicted of £57m plot to steal rhino horn and Chinese artefacts Paul Peachey Crime Correspondent Senior leaders of a prolific international gang of rhino-horn thieves known as the Rathkeale Rovers have been convicted of museum raids that netted £57m. The convictions represent a major police success against a brutal criminal…

Looted artefacts, imperialist statues: is repatriation and removal the answer?

Looted artefacts, imperialist statues: is repatriation and removal the answer? Carmen Fishwick and Guardian readersMonday 22 February 2016 13.29 GMT Cambridge University students have voted that a bronze cockerel looted from Benin in 1897 is to be repatriated from Jesus hall, Cambridge University, to Nigeria. Ore Ogunbiyi, the JCSU racial equalities officer behind the campaign, wrote…

Thief returns missing Waldo Water Tower painting to KC library with remorseful letter included | fox4kc.com

Thief returns missing Waldo Water Tower painting to KC library with remorseful letter included By Katie Banks KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A thief who stole a painting from a Kansas City library has finally returned it, and he included a heartfelt apology letter. The oil painting of the historic Waldo Water Tower resurfaced a little more…