Antiquities

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Art crime

Two Manhattan antiquities dealers arrested on charges of fraud

Authorities have accused Erdal Dere and Faisal Khan of running an alleged scheme to swindle buyers by using fake provenances

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Obituaries

Forrest Fenn, known for burying $2m worth of treasure in the Rocky Mountains, dies at 90

The controversial yet colourful Santa Fe-based art and antiquities dealer announced that his treasure had been found shortly before his death

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Antiquities trafficking

French dealer sues over Egyptian stele seized on way to Tefaf New York

Legal case brought against antiquities expert who also sold an allegedly looted golden sarcophagus to the Metropolitan Museum last year, while an arrest is made in Germany

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Books

Image and impotency: book reveals the palaces and pictures of some particularly hapless Habsburgs

The Mexican Emperor Maximilian, Crown Prince Rudolf and Archduke Franz Ferdinand all came to sad ends, but amassed vast estates and works of art

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Art market

Douglas Latchford's death reignites unresolved controversy over alleged smuggling of Cambodian antiquities

News of the death of dealer and expert in South East Asian art raises strong reactions and unanswered questions

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Obituaries

'Adventurer scholar' Douglas Latchford dies in Bangkok, aged 89

Expert in Khmer and Indian antiquities was a dealer in Cambodian art in the 1970s and last year was accused of smuggling and creating false provenances for antiquities

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Antiquities

California man is charged with illegally importing an ancient mosaic, possibly from Syria

Indictment says the paperwork misrepresented the work’s quality and value

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Art market

Extent of trade in looted antiquities is exaggerated, report claims

New research conducted by US non-profit RAND suggests illicit market is less extensive and organised than is commonly believed

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Books

Roman holiday, 40BC: an in-depth view of the Villa dei Papiri, the inspiration for the Getty Villa

The institution has released an up-to-date account of discoveries from the seaside getaway near Herculaneum, where Roman politicians took restorative breaks—before it was buried by Vesuvius

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Antiquities

Former Louvre curator among five arrested in Paris in antiquities trafficking investigation

Case involves "hundreds of objects worth millions" looted from the Near and Middle East

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Museums & Heritage

Facebook and Instagram ban trading of historical artefacts

Heritage group Athar were part of a campaign highlighting the social media giants' “black market in antiquities”

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Antiquities

Sotheby’s cannot sue Greece over bronze horse, US court rules

The country's government had questioned the provenance of the artefact, forcing it to be pulled from a 2018 sale

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Antiquities

Two trunkloads of fake Iraqi antiquities seized by UK customs

The international market is now “absolutely awash” with forgeries, says British Museum curator who examined the hoard

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The Year in Review 2019

From trafficked treasures to the ravages of climate change: the heritage headlines of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

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Art fairs

A mix of old and new brings fresh collectors to Tefaf New York Fall though sales remain slow

Attempting to capitalise on the crossover collecting trend, the fourth edition of the Dutch fair brings in Modern and contemporary art to complement its historical focus

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Art market

US House of Representatives passes an anti-money laundering bill that could affect art and antiquities dealers

Introduced in March, the Counter Act is the latest legislation that faces dealers with financial regulatory burden

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Looted art

Looted coffin acquired by Metropolitan Museum is headed back to Egypt

US and Egyptian officials presided over handover at a repatriation ceremony in New York

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Book Shorts

This ancient book tells you all about the people you hate

This amusingly illustrated edition of Theophrastus’s Characters is as fresh today as it was centuries ago

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Looted art

US authorities file criminal charges against antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor and seven others

The government’s complaint outlines a massive alleged smuggling ring involving other dealers, art restorers and associates who helped create false provenances for looted objects

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Art market

Protestors gather outside Christie's as ancient head of Tutankhamen sells for £4.7m

Egyptian authorities had tried to stop the sale claiming that the 3,000 year old quartzite sculpture should be repatriated

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Restitution

V&A is willing to lend its fragment to reunite it with the Sidamara Sarcophagus in Istanbul

Turkish tomb could regain long-lost head

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Restitution

Playing hardball with soft power on restitution claims

Western museums are feeling the pressure over restitution claims from China, Turkey and Cambodia

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Collectors

Connoisseur collectors: A story of ten approaches to acquiring art

From Liechtenstein to Lisbon, these collectors discuss their interests and methods

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Restitution

Met faces claims for Hittite artefacts

Provenance of late trustee’s gifts investigated as Turkey takes tougher line on restitution

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Books

New definitive catalogue published on the V&A’s magnificent ivories

The summation of a lifetime’s work and a triumph of scholarship

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Marion True

Marion True defence continues

“Stolen” antiquities put under microscope in Getty trial

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Forgeries

Judge orders conclusion to case on the legitimacy of the ossuary which may have belonged to Jesus' half-brother

The forgery enquiry has lasted four years, so far

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Books

Immortality, Roman style : Hadrian celebrated at the British Museum

Hadrian was a politically savvy, calculating, vicious, lion-hunting, married, gay general in the best tradition

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Marion True

Trial of Marion True and Robert Hecht over illegally excavated antiquities from Rome continues

Complications over reputation, paperwork, and repatriation

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News

Arrest warrant for Phoenix Ancient Art director

In 2004, Egypt sentenced Mr Aboutaam in absentia to 15 years’ imprisonment

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Marion True

The Marion True Trial: information from the courtroom; Sergeant of Carabinieri cross-examined

More evidence is scrutinised

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Provenance

US museum directors debate antiquities provenance dilemma

Should museums acquire objects without provenance, which may have been looted? Yes, say several panelists

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Imports and Exports

China and Italy team up to fight illicit trade

The joint effort will use satellite technology to help protect archaeological sites

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Marion True

The Marion True trial: information from the courtroom

Evidence is discussed and documents are scoured

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Restitution

UK museums face controversial Ethiopian legacy: The Maqdala materials at the British Museum, the V&A, and the British Library

The Art Newspaper reveals that sacred Maqdala tablets are hidden away in a sealed store of the British Museum

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Books

The story of the great Augustan collectors of antiquities

An explanation, an adoration and a lament

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Cultura Basel

Cultura Basel '03 fair report: Sheikh of Qatar on a shopping spree at a smaller, more focused fair

A successful vernissage shows quantity does not always trump quality

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Books

Spring books: US. Decorative arts to the fore

Photography, Asian art, the art of antiquity, Old Masters, and historiography are also among the topics covered

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Restitution

Elgin Marbles: a reply by Anthony Snodgrass

The British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles, Cambridge

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Cultura Basel

Cultura Basel at a crossroads as Antiquities and Asian art lead the field

Cultura Basel '02 fair report

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Art market

Fair report of Cultura, Basel: Good results for classical antiquities

Paintings and decorative arts prove harder to sell

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Art market

The market for antiquities is growing, unfazed by protesters

As last month’s antiquities sales boomed, The Art Newspaper surveyed leading dealers and specialists in New York

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Art market

Fair report: International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York. “Haute Modernism” and antiquities at the forefront

With American classical furniture and decorative arts in close second place

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Art market

Fears of a crackdown after the handover turns out to have been exaggerated, but the picture in Hong Kong is far from rosy

Hard times on Hollywood Road

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Art market

Chinese privatise their auction scene

Rapid advances as new companies model their catalogues and conditions of sale on Western models

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Tefaf Basel

Despite a slow start, enthusiasm for the Antique is evident at the TEFAF Basel

The TEFAF Basel saw only 12,500 visitors, but some good sales nonetheless. Could the organisers have promoted it more?