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Category: Auction Houses and stolen objects

‘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…

Courthouse News Service – Discovery Slated in Suit Over Cambodian Statue – Sotheby's cannot toss claims that its auction catalog included a 10th century statue that had been looted from a sacred Cambodian temple

Courthouse News Service http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/03/29/56212.htm March 31, 2013 By ADAM KLASFELD  Tweet   Discovery Slated in Suit Over Cambodian Statue   By ADAM KLASFELD  MANHATTAN (CN) – Sotheby’s cannot toss claims that its auction catalog included a 10th century statue that had been looted from a sacred Cambodian temple, a federal judge ruled. Duryodhana, which translates…

Queen Idia Mask’s sale sets Sotheby’s against art world

ON Boxing Day the British auction house, Sotheby’s canceled its proposed sale of the looted Benin royal court artifact, Queen Idia Mask, which it proposed to slot for hammer sale at the prize tag of £4.5m on February 17. The planned auction of the historic artefact, a waist piece worn by the Oba of Benin during…

SOTHEBY'S IS TRAFFICIKING IN STOLEN BENIN ARTWORKS

A colleague brought to my attention Sotheby’s impending sale of yet another piece of Benin cultural patrimony. I read the announcement of the sale and was struck by its brazenness. Sotheby’s is trafficking in stolen goods and it is doing so without any concern for the fact of its brazen criminality. It is clear that…

Paris, France: Drouot sets out on the road to recovery

Drouot sets out on the road to recovery http://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/7674.aspx 20 September 2010 THE Hotel Drouot, the communal auction facility used by most Paris auctioneers, faces an even bigger overhaul than expected after the French Justice Minister’s scathing report about its culture and working practices. First casualty is Les Cols Rouges, the cosy 150-year-old monopoly passed…

Paris, France: In the Wake of a Damning Report on Famous Drouot, Artprice Analyses France's Collapsing Position in the Art Market

In the Wake of a Damning Report on Famous Drouot, Artprice Analyses France’s Collapsing Position in the Art Market http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/in-the-wake-of-a-damning-report-on-famous-drouot-artprice-analyses-frances-collapsing-position-in-the-art-market-102765724.html PARIS, September 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — France’s major economic newspaper Les Echos reports, in an article by Martine Robert, having had access to the famous report on the Paris auction place commissioned by French Minister…

London, UK: Yet another piece of Chandigarh heritage set for auction in UK

Yet another piece of Chandigarh heritage set for auction in UK http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Yet-another-piece-of-Chandigarh-heritage-set-for-auction-in-UK/articleshow/6290176.cms Neelam Raaj, TNN, Aug 11, 2010, 02.00am IST NEW DELHI: Even as a magisterial panel probes the alleged theft of items designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, another piece of Chandigarh’s heritage is set to go under the hammer in…

Looting Matters: Italian Prosecutor Calls for Return of Antiquities

Looting Matters: Italian Prosecutor Calls for Return of Antiquities http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2010/06/italian-prosecutor-we-want-to.html SWANSEA, Wales, June 4 /PRNewswire/ — David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the call by an Italian prosecutor for the return of three lots due to be auctioned in New York. The seizure of a major photographic dossier in the Geneva Freeport continues to have an…

Swansea archaeologist works to send stolen artefacts home

Swansea archaeologist works to send stolen artefacts home http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/2010/05/03/swansea-archaeologist-works-to-send-stolen-artefacts-home-91466-26364251/ May 3 2010 by Robin Turner, Western Mail LIKE Indiana Jones, Dr David Gill delights in getting his hands on precious antiquities. But while his movie counterpart is often seen plucking priceless artefacts from ancient tombs, Dr Gill does the process in reverse – and sends…

Roman Limestone Funerary Busts at Bonhams: Withdrawn

Roman Limestone Funerary Busts at Bonhams: Withdrawn http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2010/04/roman-limestone-funerary-busts-at.html The three Roman funerary busts that were due to be auctioned at Bonhams next week have been withdrawn: lots 399-401 (“This lot has been withdrawn”). All three had the same collecting history: “Acquired on the London art market in 1998. Accompanied by a French export licence.” The…

Stolen Indian Statue Sold in New York, Despite being on Interpol Stolen Art Database

Saturday, April 24, 2010 http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/2010/04/stolen-indian-statue-sold-in-new-york.html Stolen Indian Statue Sold in New York, Despite being on Interpol Stolen Art Database Interpol news 22 April 2010, The statue of two Asian deities was stolen in September 2009 from the ruins of a temple in Atru in the Province of Rajasthan in Western India. At the request of…

Puglia/ Statue rubate dal cimitero in vendita su Ebay: due denunce

08-03-2009 20:15 Moglie e marito avevano iniziato un redditizio commercio online Roma, 8 mar. (Apcom) – Avevano rubato delle statue a forma di angelo da una delle cappelle del cimitero locale, e avevano ben pensato di venderle su Ebay via internet: i carabinieri della stazione di San Donaci, in provincia di Brindisi, sono riusciti a…

India and China pull all the stops to retrieve national treasures that are up for auction

India, China face auction catch 22  India and China have simultaneously been making headlines for more than their optimistic outlook on the economy. Recently, both Asian behemoths have been pulling all the stops to retrieve national treasures that are up for auction.  Nationalist sentiments are reigning at an all time high as Antiquorum Auctioneers in…

China conveniently forgets the provenance of 'looted' bronze heads

Posted: March 03, 2009, 3:04 PM by NP Editor  Araminta Wordsworth  Hero or hooligan — opinions are divided on Cai Mingchao, the Chinese man who bid US$50-million for two bronze heads from the collection of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, but then announced he had no intention of paying for them. The Qing dynasty sculptures…

China Tightens Control on Christie’s After Sale of Bronzes

Published: February 26, 2009 BEIJING— Just hours after the sale of two Qing Dynasty bronze animal heads at Christie’s auction of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in Paris, China announced that it would tighten oversight of the activities of the auction house. The Chinese government, as well as an independent group…

Jackie Chan wades into row over looted Chinese relicsFilm star condemns 'shameful' £28m sale of Qing dynasty sculptures

Tania Branigan guardian.co.uk, Thursday 26 February 2009 14.43 GMT Jackie Chan has criticised the sale of bronze rat and rabbit sculptures. Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA± http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/feb/26/chan-china-looted-relics China’s campaign for the return of two Qing dynasty bronzes plundered during the Opium wars received star backing today when actor Jackie Chan leapt into the fray. The Chinese government…

PARIS (AFP) — Two looted Chinese bronzes sold for 15.7 million euros (20.3 million dollars) each to anonymous telephone bidders at the Yves Saint Laurent art sale on Wednesday, despite protests from Beijing

Chinese relics sell for 15.7 mln euros each at YSL auction 26 minutes ago PARIS (AFP) — Two looted Chinese bronzes sold for 15.7 million euros (20.3 million dollars) each to anonymous telephone bidders at the Yves Saint Laurent art sale on Wednesday, despite protests from Beijing. China had demanded the return of the Qing…

An art collector has been given the green light to sue Christie's auction house for allowing a purported Basquiat painting it allegedly knew was a fake to be sold anyway.

FORGERY A WORK OF ART By DAREH GREGORIAN November 15, 2008 — An art collector has been given the green light to sue Christie’s auction house for allowing a purported Basquiat painting it allegedly knew was a fake to be sold anyway. Christie’s auctioned off the untitled work in 1990 for $242,000, crediting it to…

The London auctioneers Bonhams are under pressure to withdraw several of the prized pieces from its forthcoming antiquities sale after a senior Italian politician raised questions over their provenance

Italy tries to block sale of Bonhams antiquities linked to disgraced dealer Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent The London auctioneers Bonhams are under pressure to withdraw several of the prized pieces from its forthcoming antiquities sale after a senior Italian politician raised questions over their provenance. Francesco Rutelli, the former Italian Minister for Culture and Deputy…

Sotheby's Confirms It Will Go On With Plans to Auction Work Stolen From Najera

View of a Flemish triptich from the 16th century by Ambrosius Benson, that was stolen from Nájera (La Rioja) in 1913. EFE. LONDON.- Sotheby’s auction house has confirmed that it does not plan to remove the Flemish triptych stolen in Nájera (La Rioja) in 1913. The auction house stated there has been no claim on…