Tag: Mailing list reports

Robben Island is 'under threat'

Authorities in Cape Town, South Africa, have expressed grave concern about what they describe as the deteriorating state of Robben Island. Nelson Mandela was held prisoner on the island for most of the 27 years he was in jail, and…

Buch mit Goethe-Eintrag auf Buchmesse gestohlen

Frankfurt/Main (dpa) Ein wertvolles Buch mit handschriftlichen Eintragungen Johann Wolfgang von Goethes ist auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse gestohlen worden. Der Wert des Werkes betrage etwa 68000 Euro, sagte ein Polizeisprecher und bestätigte damit einen Bericht der «Bild»-Zeitung. Das Freundschaftsalbum des ungarischen Nationalökonomen Gregor von Berzeviczy (1763-1822)…

Polen und Russland streiten um Beutekunst

Aus den Museen in Polen sind während des Zweiten Weltkriegs und in den Jahren danach schätzungsweise rund eine Million Kunstwerke entführt worden. Neben den Nazis sollen dafür auch die Sowjets verantwortlich sein, die sich ebenfalls in den Museen in Warschau,…

Skopje – Macedonia has vowed to put a halt to illegal excavations at the country's wealth of archaeological sites, many of which have already been ransacked by savvy smugglers digging up the rich treasures.

Smugglers ‘stealing our heritage’ October 29 2009 at 07:57AM Skopje – Macedonia has vowed to put a halt to illegal excavations at the country’s wealth of archaeological sites, many of which have already been ransacked by savvy smugglers digging up the rich treasures. “The…

Cambodian temple puzzle nearly complete

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — On a muggy afternoon in Cambodia’s ancient Angkor complex, workers in hardhats hunch over the world’s biggest jigsaw puzzle, painstakingly assembling sandstone blocks. Walled-off from camera-toting tourists, they are finally close to completing an astonishing reconstruction…

The Met returns Egyptian artifact

The Met returns Egyptian artifact CAIRO — New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will return to Egypt a fragment of an ancient pharoanic shrine it purchased from a collector, Egypt’s antiquities department said Monday. The Supreme Council of Antiquities said…

Native American rights art stolen

A called a lack of respect. The exhibit, which has been in the courtyard outside of Snyder-Phillips Hall for the past six and a half months, consisted of 12 metal signs valued at as much as $10,000. Each of the…

eBay to limit sale of cultural artefacts. Switzerland's Federal Culture Office and online auction house eBay have agreed to limit the sale of archaeological artefacts over the internet.

The memorandum of understanding, signed on Tuesday in collaboration with the Federal Police Office and the Association of Swiss Cantonal Archaeologists, follows a successful three-month pilot project in 2008. eBay “will only permit the sale of archaeological artefacts in Switzerland…

Emporia State University Fossil Thefts. Security will be tightened at an Emporia State University museum after the theft of several valuable fossils from the school’s collection.

By Russ Morgan (Contact) Security will be tightened at an Emporia State University museum after the theft of several valuable fossils from the school’s collection. The thefts were reported early last week, but the fossil specimens from the Johnston Geology Museum are believed to have…

Trial date for da Vinci accused

Five men facing extortion charges over the recovery of the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece Madonna with the Yarnwinder are to stand trial next year. The artwork was found in Glasgow in 2007 – four years after it was stolen from Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill,…

Egypt Demands Return of Nefertiti Statue

By JUDY DEMPSEY BERLIN — Culture lovers, visitors and the city authorities of Berlin were reveling in the reopening Friday of the Neues Museum in the heart of the German capital by Chancellor Angela Merkel, the culmination of decades of efforts to renovate a special…

Old product blamed in sprinkler misfire

Thursday, October 15, 2009 Fire officials still aren’t sure why a fire sprinkler malfunctioned at the State Historical Society of Missouri last month, although they have deemed the sprinkler head is a product no longer being produced. The faulty sprinkler head was manufactured…

The investigation of an alleged $80 million theft of a Harvard doctor’s art collection has taken yet another bizarre turn, with the Boston Globe now reporting that officials are looking into whether the doctor’s business partner is to blame.

New Potential Suspect In Art Theft Investigation Published On 10/15/2009 1:14:46 AM By ZOE A.Y. WEINBERG Contributing Writer The investigation of an alleged $80 million theft of a Harvard doctor’s art collection has taken yet another bizarre turn, with the…

Italian police working with the FBI have recovered more than 1,000 Italian artifacts found in the home of a U.S. collector, ranging from medieval scrolls to a letter signed by former dictator Benito Mussolini

Italian officials assist in returning artifacts worth $4M ReutersSeptember 25, 2009 Italian police working with the FBI have recovered more than 1,000 Italian artifacts found in the home of a U.S. collector, ranging from medieval scrolls to a letter signed by former dictator Benito Mussolini. The 1,140…

CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting fragments.

Egypt battling for more relics after Louvre success CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting…

Nairobi ˜ Underfunding and shortage of professionals are the main hurdles facing conservation of world heritage sites in sub-Saharan Africa, experts say.

Heritage of Alms – Sad Plight of Sub-Saharan States http://allafrica.com/stories/200910120117.html Nairobi ˜ Underfunding and shortage of professionals are the main hurdles facing conservation of world heritage sites in sub-Saharan Africa, experts say. Due to inadequate funding by the concerned countries,…

CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting fragments.

Egypt battling for more relics after Louvre success By Ines Bel Aiba (AFP) – 2 hours ago CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back,…

CAIRO: The Louvre and Egypt’s chief Egyptologist made up on Friday, as the French museum agreed to return five artifacts allegedly stolen from the North African country after Egypt had cut ties with the museum on Wednesday. The French move was met with a promise from Zahi Hawass, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, to restore ties.

The Hawass Code – Bikya Masr CAIRO: The Louvre and Egypt’s chief Egyptologist made up on Friday, as the French museum agreed to return five artifacts allegedly stolen from the North African country after Egypt had cut ties with the…

ART FORGERY SCANDAL IN STOCKHOLM

ART FORGERY SCANDAL IN STOCKHOLM A former Stockholm art gallery owner has been charged with a 30 million kronor ($4.4 million) art forgery scam. The name of the dealer in question was not given, but he is accused of faking…

Kwame Opoku: ZAHI HAWASS STRIKES AGAIN

ZAHI HAWASS STRIKES AGAIN Whether you like Zahi Hawass or not, there is no denying that the dynamic Secretary-General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities is a serious man wholly dedicated to his work and determined to restore to…

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns the repression being perpetrated by Zahi Hawass, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, against researcher Ahmed Saleh as the latter has presented scientific theories that differ from those of Hawass and, as a result, has been subjected to dozens of investigations. Saleh is now busy defending himself against the campaign launched against him by Hawass.

Egypt: Government antiquities body launches smear campaign against researcher Wednesday 7 October 2009 / press release The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns the repression being perpetrated by Zahi Hawass, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities,…

PEBBLE BEACH — It was reported as one of the biggest thefts of fine art in history – $80 million worth of paintings by Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh and other masters spirited from a seaside home in Pebble Beach by a burglar who left a note demanding a ransom and threatening violence. But the Monterey County Sheriff's Office said today that the purported heist Sept. 25 may have been something else entirely.

‘Art theft’ smells fishy, investigators say Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer Tuesday, October 6, 2009 (10-06) 11:48 PDT PEBBLE BEACH — It was reported as one of the biggest thefts of fine art in history – $80 million worth of…

Ethiopia: illegal sales threaten sacred relics

Ethiopia: illegal sales threaten sacred relics Geplaatst op vrijdag 19 oktober 2007 – 12:00 Redactie AfrikaNieuws Tedla Desta, AfricaNews reporter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Waka, wooden memorial statues to the dead are under threat due to illegal sales of this…

Police investigating the alleged multimillion-dollar theft of paintings from the California home of a former Harvard Medical School professor and a Boston art dealer said they found a typed ransom letter that demanded money for the artwork and threatened to kill the victims if they alerted authorities

Ransom asked in theft of art worth millions By David Abel, Globe Staff | October 2, 2009 Police investigating the alleged multimillion-dollar theft of paintings from the California home of a former Harvard Medical School professor and a Boston art…

COLUMBIA — A malfunctioning sprinkler head reduced some historical documents kept by the Missouri State Historical Society to waterlogged paper and soggy cardboard

Fire sprinkler soaks Missouri State Historical Society documents Thursday, October 1, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT BY Chelsea Deptula COLUMBIA — A malfunctioning sprinkler head reduced some historical documents kept by the Missouri State Historical Society to waterlogged paper and…

Kwame Opoku: RECOVERING NIGERIA’S TERRACOTTA

It is now five  months since the issue of looted African terracotta was raised in connection with the exhibition entitled “African Terra Cotta: a Millenary Heritage”, at the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva and brought to the attention of all concerned. (1)…

Magritte painting stolen at gunpoint

Magritte painting stolen at gunpoint Olympia, a portrait of the artist’s wife, taken in raid on former home of the Belgian painter, now an exclusive museum A postcard showing Rene Magritte’s Olympia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters A painting by the Belgian…

FBI investigates theft of a Kennedy letter

Note never sold, given, family says By Associated Press  |  September 14, 2009 DALLAS – The FBI is investigating a “stolen’’ handwritten condolence note from Jacqueline Kennedy to Ethel Kennedy that was penned shortly after Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 assassination,…

Art insurers on high alert for fraudulent claims; When the economy goes into recession, cases of insurance fraud shoot up. Industry specialists for the art world say they are watching contemporary dealers particularly closely

Art insurers on high alert for fraudulent claims When the economy goes into recession, cases of insurance fraud shoot up. Industry specialists for the art world say they are watching contemporary dealers particularly closely By Cristina Ruiz | From   …

Dutch Zionists: Money museum spreading lies about Israel

By Cnaan Liphshiz  In accusing Israel of “robbing Palestinian identity and replacing Palestinian money,” the Netherlands’ Geldmuseum (Money Museum) has adopted propaganda that “runs contrary to the truth,” the country’s largest pro-Israel organization said this week.   The museum has denied any…

Geroofd kunstwerk na 28 jaar opgespoord

Geroofd kunstwerk na 28 jaar opgespoord dinsdag 04 augustus 2009  BRUSSEL – Een zilveren relikwiehouder die in 1980 bij een kunstdiefstal werd ontvreemd, is weer boven water.  Anderhalf miljoen euro was de buit waard die onbekenden in de nacht van…