Art crime

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Stolen art

Los Angeles police recover $800,000 worth of stolen lithographs by Scottish artist Benjamin Creme

Missing since 2012, around 1,300 prints have been returned to their rightful owner, who used to sell Creme's works

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Art crime

Painter linked to Old Master forgery case appeals arrest warrant

Italian court postpones decision over Lino Frongia's arrest and transfer to France until February

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Art crime

'Prominent' Berlin art dealer arrested on suspicion of fraud

Police has raided seven premises in connection with the investigation

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Art crime

Money laundering, trafficking, ivory: crackdown on art crime intensifies

Wave of sentencing and changes in legislation puts pressure on art world

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Art crime

It’s 50 years since Caravaggio’s Nativity was stolen in Palermo: have the police been chasing red herrings all this time?

New enquiries suggest a US or Swiss connection through the mafia heroin trade

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Art crime

Man who stole painting in broad daylight from Moscow museum is sentenced to three years in prison

Denis Chuprikov took the landscape from State Tretyakov Gallery with the aim of "causing hype", he says

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Art crime

Art Recovery International calls on Icom to step in and investigate 'stolen' Reynolds painting on show in Japan

The portrait was allegedly stolen from the home of a menswear magnate in 1984

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Art crime

Seller beware: how to avoid being duped by an artful dodger

Timothy Sammons misled clients over sales of works by artists including Picasso

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Two stolen Van Goghs go back on display after 14-year ordeal at the hands of Italian gangsters

Conservation at the Amsterdam museum has revealed a fake Vincent signature on the genuine seascape

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Art crime

Artist recreates exiled dictator's treasure trove in 3D—but what happened to the originals?

Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones's replicas of jewels smuggled into Hawaii by Imelda Marcos are displayed at the Honolulu Biennial alongside the social services they could have paid for

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Restitution

FBI launches campaign to return haul of Native and South American works

Thousands of illegally removed items—including human bones—were discovered on collector’s farm

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Art crime

London dealers embroiled in Ezra Chowaiki fraud scheme over $1.2m Chagall painting

Fresh complaint seeks the return of the work allegedly sold by the disgraced Manhattan dealer under false pretences

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Conservation & Preservation

Restored, but demoted: stained-glass window not by Tiffany, expert says

River of Life depiction has been newly reattributed to J & R Lamb Studios

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Art market

Mayfair Fine Art administrators struggle to trace paintings linked to money-laundering scandal

Two works supposedly owned by bankrupt company, whose director Matthew Green resigned in February following FBI sting operation, are "apparently" in Dubai

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Heritage

Looted vessels returned at event marking 15 years of US-Italy art crime fighting co-operation

Italian official also says the country will ratify 2017 Nicosia Convention outlining penalties for offenses involving cultural heritage

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Crime

Police arrest man after attempted theft of Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral

Incident is a further blow to English city following the novichok poisonings earlier this year

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Conservation & Preservation

Spain tells vandal to Kiss off after Santiago de Compostela statue defaced

Authorities vow to find rock fan who damaged Medieval statue

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Diary of an art historian

Criminal thoughts about a Rubens portrait and watching Nanette on my summer art detox

Rubens’s portrait of his daughter Clara Serena gave me the urge to steal a painting

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Art crime

Full extent of burglary at Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art revealed

With the value of Chinese antiquities on the rise, police suspect the items removed were stolen to order

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Pablo Picasso

French court annuls conviction for electrician in possession of stolen Picasso works

Another court will have to uncover how the 271 works were stolen and by whom before being received by Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec

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Art crime

Picasso painting offered in money-laundering scheme, US feds say

London art dealer Matthew Green embroiled in case that involves attempted sale of a painting to an undercover agent to 'clean up' £6.7m, court documents state

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In the frame

Sniffer dogs set to save Syria’s cultural heritage

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In the frame

Artoon by Pablo Helguera, November 2017

"To be perfectly honest, it hurts my feelings that no one has considered our gallery to be good enough to hack"

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Art crime

Ancient relief seized from dealer at Tefaf's fall edition in New York

The work, depicting an Achaemenid soldier and dating from the 5th century BC, was ordered removed from the stand of Rupert Wace by the district attorney

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Fraud

Galleries hit by cyber crime wave

Hackers are using an email scam to intercept payments between galleries, collectors and others

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Art crime

US returns 95 works from money laundering banker’s collection to Brazil

The works were smuggled out of the country by Edemar Cid Ferreira and have been gradually repossessed over the past decade

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Art market

Closure of London’s art and antiques crime squad 'would be madness says former chief

The potential negative implications of the “much mooted” closure of the UK’s art crime unit set the tone for the Art Business Conference yesterday

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Three Francis Bacon works stolen in Madrid recovered by Spanish police

Paintings were seized following a tip-off from the Art Loss Register

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Knoedler

No further jail time for Glafira Rosales for her role in $80m Knoedler forgery scandal

The Long Island dealer says she was abused and coerced into committing fraud by partner who fled to Spain

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‘Operation Pandora’: police in Spain and Cyprus lead major bust of antiquities traffickers

The effort, which involved 18 countries, resulted in 75 arrests and the seizure of around 3,500 objects

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Art crime

US authorities target Asia Week to seize works and make an arrest

Dealers call for access to information about problem artefacts linked to Subhash Kapoor

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Art market

Art Loss Register faces competition complaint from Art Recovery Group

Gloves come off in fight to run international database of stolen works of art

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Experts identify top six scandals amid boom in art crime

As new challenges emerge, tighter regulation is needed, they tell New York conference