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Author: Ton Cremers

Briton arrested in Spanish hotel on suspicion of stealing ancient artifacts from Italy

telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/briton-arrested-spanish-hotel-suspicion-stealing-ancient-artifacts/ James Badcock , Madrid Nick Squires , Rome29/08/2017 A British man has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of stealing a collection of ancient Roman artifacts from Italy. The 55-year-old man was allegedly found to be in possession of a large quantity of ancient Roman, early Christian and Arab antiquities. The man, identified only by…

How the anti-money laundering reform might affect art dealers

spearswms.com/anti-money-laundering-reform-might-affect-art-dealers/ Spear’s25/08/2017 If you are a high value dealer your business might be caught by the latest anti-money laundering reforms, write Petra Warrington and Louise Garrett High Value Dealers (HVDs) in the UK, which include dealers (and auctioneers) in fine art, antiques, jewellery and other collectibles whose cash transactions exceed a certain threshold, may feel they are already…

Bizarre Pollock forgery scam targets unwary collectors in the US

theartnewspaper.com/news/news/bizarre-pollock-forgery-scam-targets-unsophisticated-collectors-in-the-us/ One of the suspected fakes submitted to IFAR in 2013, painted in acrylic on cardboard and signed “Jackson Pollock” (Photo courtesy IFAR) A forgery scam that poses a “significant threat” to unsuspecting art buyers has been uncovered by the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), which has identified four fakes purportedly by Jackson Pollock…

‘Pitmen Painters’ conman who made £30,000 selling Norman Cornish forgeries must pay back only £1

sunderlandecho.com/our-region/sunderland/pitmen-painters-conman-who-made-30-000-selling-norman-cornish-forgeries-must-pay-back-only-1-1-8713940 A jailed conman who pocketed over £30,000 by selling forgeries and fakes of renowned painter Norman Cornish’s work has been ordered to pay back just £1. Richard Pearson caused destabilisation in the international market when he flooded the art world with paintings and drawings purported to be by”pitman painter” Cornish, who died in 2014.…

Restituita dai Carabinieri opera d’arte sacra rubata in Chiesa oltre 40 anni fa

temporeale.info/70561/argomenti/cronaca/gaeta-restituita-dai-carabinieri-opera-darte-sacra-rubata-chiesa-oltre-40-anni.html 20/08/2017 GAETA – I militari della Tenenza Carabinieri di Gaeta, ottenuta l’autorizzazione dalla Procura Della Repubblica di Santa Maria Capua Vetere, nella mattinata di ieri 19 agosto, hanno proceduto alla restituzione di un’opera d’arte risalente ai primissimi anni del ‘900, che era stata trafugata dalla chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Tommaso in Montasola (RI)…

Notorischer Salzburger Kunstdieb erneut überführt

salzburg.com/nachrichten/salzburg/chronik/sn/artikel/notorischer-salzburger-kunstdieb-erneut-ueberfuehrt-261115/ Sn/apa Die Salzburger Polizei hat einen 53-jährigen Kunstdieb überführt, der in seiner Wohnung eine ganze Reihe gestohlener Gemälde, Skulpturen und Druckgrafiken für den privaten Genuss “ausgestellt” hatte. Der Salzburger war bereits in der Vergangenheit einschlägig aufgefallen. Im November 2014 nutzte er etwa einen Haftfreigang dazu, um auf einer Kunstmesse eine Skulptur zu stehlen. Ende…

India yet to receive 200 artefacts worth $100 million from US

sundayguardianlive.com/news/10577-india-yet-receive-200-artefacts-worth-100-million-us 19/08/2017 The Culture Ministry has not been able to bring back to India over 200 stolen cultural artefacts from the US despite an announcement for the same being made last year. In June last year, the US government announced its decision to return over 200 cultural artefacts, estimated to be worth $100 million, to…

Hex of the idol: art collector, Christie’s fight heritage claim

theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Hex-of-the-idol-art-collector-Christie-s-fight-11942092.php  http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Hex-of-the-idol-art-collector-Christie-s-fight-11942092.php Christian Berthelsen and Katya Kazakina, Bloomberg Published 10:19 am, Friday, August 18, 2017 Michael Steinhardt When the signature item at Christie’s New York antiquities auction was sold in April, the art collector Michael Steinhardt thought he had pocketed $12.7 million. His 5,000 year-old stone idol, called the Guennol Stargazer, went for more than twice…

2018 Call for Provenance Research Exchange Program Applications for the German/American PREP for Museum Professionals, 2017-2019

The Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative (SPRI), Office of the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research, together with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation/Berlin State Museums (SPK) are pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Provenance Research Exchange Program Applications for the German/American PREP for Museum Professionals, 2017-2019.   Applications are now being accepted through Sept. 15,…

Fidelis, la Madonna recuperata dai Carabinieri è simbolo di coesione sociale

firstcisl.it/2017/08/fidelis-la-madonna-recuperata-dai-carabinieri-e-simbolo-di-coesione-sociale/ 17/08/2017 La Madonna della Provvidenza, una statua in legno policromo e dorato, attribuibile al periodo intercorrente tra la fine XIV e gli inizi XV secolo, è tra le numerose opere di grande fascino artistico e culturale esposte sino al 10 settembre alla mostra Fidelis, allestita alla Caserma dei Carabinieri “Bonsignore-Dalla Chiesa” di Palermo, e voluta…

Antiquities Ministry official denies robbery of 32,000 archaeological pieces from museum

egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-official-denies-robbery-32000-archaeological-pieces-museum/ Egypt Independent16/08/2017 The Head of the Central Museums’ Stores Authority, Saied Shebal, denied claims, on Tuesday, that his authority had released a statement in which it said 32,000 pieces of antiquities disappeared from 27 museum stores. The statement was issued from the head of the Central Museums’ Stores authority, after numerous local media outlets circulated…

Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit heading for closure

theartnewspaper.com/news/closure-of-scotland-yard-s-art-and-antiques-unit-now-being-considered/ Scotland Yard looks set to close its Art and Antiques Unit, according to a former head. Its three detectives have been reassigned to help the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, in west London, which killed more than 80 people on 14 June. Vernon Rapley, who led the Art and Antiques Unit from…

Case of the stolen $6 million Stradivarius violin ends happily ever after

fox9.com/news/273660268-story ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – In the underbelly of St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre it’s 30 minutes until show time and violinist Frank Almond is just getting warmed up. As Concertmaster for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Frank often travels the country accompanied by a 300-year-old, $6 million Stradivarius violin. He’s had it on loan for…

Vietnamese Art Has Never Been More Popular. But the Market Is Full of Fakes

nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/design/vietnamese-art-has-never-been-more-popular-but-the-market-is-full-of-fakes.html By RICHARD C. PADDOCK11/08/2017 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was billed as a triumphant homecoming for works by some of Vietnam’s most influential artists. But Nguyen Thanh Chuong, a prominent artist himself, was stunned by what he saw. Hanging on the wall…

Comedian Adam Conover Says the Art Market Is a Scam. Here’s What He Gets Right—and Wrong. 

news.artnet.com/art-world/comedian-adam-conover-art-market-scam-1047887 10/08/2017 Is the art market no more than a playground for snobs and crooks? The comedian Adam Conover certainly thinks so. He makes the case in a five-minute video released yesterday as the latest in his web series “Adam Ruins Everything.” The segment, dripping with a Morley Safer-worthy level of contempt for the art world,…

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation holds first Cultural Heritage Symposium

eccalifornian.com/article/sycuan-band-kumeyaay-nation-holds-first-cultural-heritage-symposium Cross-border criminal activities are notorious, acknowledged as especially difficult to prosecute. The most commonly publicized such crimes, involving transfers across international borders and similar jurisdictional boundaries, are about drugs transported over borderlines, or illegal weapons trading, or human trafficking in girls and boys for sexual slavery purposes or for illegal immigrants as cheap, easily…

Lecture, film on returning Nazi-appropriated art

knox.villagesoup.com/p/lecture-film-on-returning-nazi-appropriated-art/1677257 Rockland — Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the Strand Theatre and the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, will co-present a lecture by attorney Donald S. Burris, followed by a screening of “Stealing Klimt: The Documentary” (2007, UK) Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St. Beginning with the initial Blitzkrieg…

Elgin Marbles: So will Griechenland die Schätze durch den Brexit wiederbekommen

welt.de/wirtschaft/article167502886/Diesen-Schatz-wollen-die-Griechen-beim-Brexit-zurueck.html Wirtschaft Cleverer Deal Diesen Schatz wollen die Griechen beim Brexit zurück Von Karsten Seibel | Stand: 08.08.2017 | Lesedauer: 4 Minuten Noch stehen die als “Elgin Marbles” bezeichneten antiken Stücke im britischen Museum in London Quelle: picture alliance/ dpa Seit Jahrzehnten fordert Griechenland von Großbritannien Kunstwerke zurück, die ein Schotte einst von der Akropolis entfernte. Der Brexit könnte diese…

Once Reviled, Libyan Archaeologists Take on a New Role

al-fanarmedia.org/2017/08/reviled-libyan-archaeologists-take-new-role/ 07/08/2017 The ideology of the Libyan state under the dictator Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi discouraged the study of the country’s ancient past. Al-Qadhafi viewed archaeology as a relic of colonialism, and it was said that he would punish officials by banishing them to the country’s antiquities department. In the post-Qadhafi era, though, a cohort of experienced…

Iraq steps up efforts to restore lost heritage at ancient Nimrud

al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/iraq-nimrud-archaeology-isis-reconstruction.html 07/08/2017 An Iraqi army soldier walks among historic ruins destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, south of Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 16, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Ari Jalal) Iraqi authorities announced last month that UNESCO has started the first stage of the restoration of the ancient city of Nimrud, which is located on the banks…

Sudan: Can Treasure of Nubian Queen Amanishaketo Be Retrieved?

allafrica.com/stories/201708080907.html 08/08/2017 analysisBy Ishraga Abbas Khartoum — Priceless 57 Pieces of pure gold, studded with jewels, were stolen in open daylight from her pyramid in Meroe in the early 19th Century and nobody can tell how this historically and artistically invaluable wealth can be returned to the country. The treasure is now on display in…

Why Is Modigliani Catnip for Forgers? The Fakes (and Feuds) Behind One of the Art Market’s Most Dangerous Artists

news.artnet.com/art-world/modigliani-catnip-art-forgers-1033748 07/08/2017 An exhibition of work by Amedeo Modigliani in Genoa ended dramatically last month, when 21 paintings—around a third of the works in the show—were seized from the Palazzo Ducale by Italian police on suspicion they were fake. The museum closed the show three days early—but not before a staggering 100,000 visitors had already seen it.…

Stolen Guercino painting will need a year of conservation

theartnewspaper.com/news/stolen-guercino-painting-will-need-a-year-of-conservation/ The altarpiece before (left) and after the theft A Guercino altarpiece that was stolen from an Italian church in 2014 and recovered in February in Casablanca will now undergo a year of conservation in Rome to reverse the damage. Italian and Moroccan authorities returned the painting, Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory Thaumaturgus…

Ancient Vase Seized From Met Museum on Suspicion It Was Looted

nytimes.com/2017/07/31/arts/design/ancient-vase-seized-from-met-museum-on-suspicion-it-was-looted.html By TOM MASHBERG01/08/2017 For decades it was proudly displayed in the Greco-Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a 2,300-year-old, vividly painted vase that depicts Dionysus, god of the grape harvest, riding in a cart pulled by a satyr. Today it sits in an evidence room at the district attorney’s office in Manhattan…

Spanish Police Recover ‘Priceless’ Stolen Basquiat in Mallorca | artnet News

news.artnet.com/art-world/spanish-police-recover-priceless-stolen-basquiat-mallorca-1037756 01/08/2017 Last week, Spanish police arrested a 67-year-old woman accused of stealing a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in Mallorca, according to a release from the police obtained by artnet News. The woman allegedly stole the artwork from an unnamed private collector and entrepreneur based in the town of Alcúdia, with the intention of demanding a ransom for its…

Rings worth £2million stolen from Royal Hospital Chelsea art fair

getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/rings-worth-2million-stolen-royal-13398157 Katherine Clementine28/07/2017 A vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond ring encased in smaller oval and round-shaped diamonds (Image: Metropolitan Police) Get daily updates directly to your inbox Police are on the hunt for “brazen” thieves who stole diamond rings worth more than £2million in broad daylight. Three rings, collectively worth upwards of £2million, were stolen from a cabinet at the…

Weiteres Stück des Dresdner “Sophienschatzes” aufgetaucht – WELT

welt.de/regionales/sachsen/article167055442/Weiteres-Stueck-des-Dresdner-Sophienschatzes-aufgetaucht.html Dresden – Das Dresdner Stadtmuseum hat ein weiteres Stück des vor 40 Jahren gestohlenen «Sophienschatzes» zurück. «Es ist das 13. und damit vorletzte Medaillon der Bogenschützenkette, die Kurfürst Georg 1665 für den Sieg beim Vogelschießen bekommen hat», sagte der Direktor der städtischen Museen, Gisbert Porstmann, am Mittwoch. Die Goldschmiedearbeit aus Emaille war im Herbst…

Spanish Billionaire Jaime Botín Faces Prison for Allegedly Trying to Smuggle a Picasso on His Yacht | artnet News

In the ongoing legal case against Spanish billionaire Jaime Botín, who’s accused of smuggling a Picasso out of Spain, the prosecutor has requested a four-year prison sentence and a €100 million fine against the heir and collector, a member of Spain’s most successful banking family. Botín is the owner of an early painting by Pablo Picasso, Head of a…

Rare artifact stolen from Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum

nbc24.com/news/local/rare-artifact-stolen-from-neil-armstrong-air-and-space-museum Sunday, July 30th 2017 This golden artifact was stolen from the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta. (Wapakoneta PD). WAPAKONETA, Oh. — A rare artifact was stolen from the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta late Friday night. Police say they were sent to the museum just before midnight when the…

Recuperado en Pollença un cuadro robado de Basquiat de incalculable valor

mallorcadiario.com/recuperado-en-pollena-un-cuadro-robado-de-basquiat-de-incalculable-valor Por Agencias El Equipo de Policía Judicial de la Guardia Civil de Pollença, recibió del propietario del cuadro, una denuncia por la sustracción del mismo por parte de la ahora detenida. Al parecer esta se apropió del cuadro con la intención de cobrar una supuesta deuda, exigiéndole una cantidad de dinero a cambio. Una…

Recupero opere sacre, un encomio agli uomini dell’Arma

positanonews.it/articolo/3197095/recupero-opere-sacre-un-encomio-agli-uomini-dellarma Redazione26/07/2017 Fra i tanti furti quelli che feriscono maggiormente la comunità sono quelle di statue od oggetti sacri, feriscono la sensibilità, la fede, feriscono sopratutto gli umili che cercano sollievo nella sofferenza della vita con una preghiera rivolta a un proprio santo, non si tratta di idolatria, ma comunque di un simbolo . Volevamo…

Kos Archaeological Museum assesses quake damage

ekathimerini.com/220446/article/ekathimerini/life/kos-archaeological-museum-assesses-quake-damage Among the many buildings on Kos that sustained damage during last week’s 6.6 magnitude earthquake was the Dodecanese island’s archaeological museum. Thankfully, the historical structure built in 1936 survived the temblor but some of its ancient exhibits were less fortunate. According to a report issued on Monday by the Ministry of Culture, out of…

Italian art distributor given 9 months in prison for selling fake Picassos – Chicago Tribune

chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-italian-art-distributor–international-fraud-met-20170726-story.html Jason Meisner27/07/2017 An Italian art distributor was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Chicago to nine months in prison for selling fake “limited edition” prints of legendary painters such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso as part of an international fraud ring. Elio Bonfiglioli, 62, was given credit for about six months he had…

Anfore romane di epoca imperiale in una villa, i Carabinieri le consegnano alla Soprintendenza archeologica

I Carabinieri consegnano alla Soprintendenza Archeologica, anfore romane di epoca imperiale, ritrovate durante un’attività di indagine. Due anfore romane di epoca imperiale, risalenti una al primo secolo dopo la nascita di Cristo e l’altra al quarto secolo avanti Cristo, furono ritrovate a Venafro, dai Carabinieri del Nucleo Operativo e Radiomobile (Marescialli Luigi Schioppa, Gianluca Falegnami,…

Cartier diamond ring worth £750,000 lost by British Museum. Lost? Or stolen?

The British Museum has revealed that it lost a £750,000 diamond ring in 2011, raising concerns about the museum’s security procedures. The Cartier ring went missing from the central London museum, but the circumstances behind its disappearance six years ago are unclear. The police were called but they decided not to take the matter further. Another search took place…

Insider theft – STOLEN ARTWORK FROM PROMINENT NEW YORK COLLECTION IS ILLEGALLY SOLD BY QUEENS MAN

empirestatenews.net/2017/07/24/stolen-artwork-from-prominent-new-york-collection-is-illegally-sold-by-queens-man/ 2 days ago By JUSTICE CAMPBELL On July 20th, 2017 Queens, New York resident, LEON ZINDER, pled guilty in a Manhattan federal court to the interstate sale of stolen property in connection with his theft and attempted sale of more then a dozen works of art, announced Joon H. Kim, Acting United States Attorney…