Art crime

Former New Orleans police officer indicted for allegedly orchestrating ill-fated art insurance scam

Christian Claus faces decades in prison for faking an art heist that would have netted a co-conspirator a $128,500 insurance payout

Operators of New York auction house charged with illegal sales of ivory and rhino horn artefacts

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has charged the owners of Merces Gallery with selling prohibited animal products online

Former Vatican employee arrested for allegedly trying to sell Bernini manuscript

The 18-page document had previously disappeared from the Holy See's official archive

Alleged ringleader of Canada’s ‘biggest art fraud’ pleads guilty

David Voss reportedly led a forgery operation that created more than 1,500 fake Norval Morrisseau works over 23 years

‘We’ve got our man’ says British Museum chair as BBC programme digs deep into thefts

George Osborne’s comments were made on Thief at the British Museum, which has been released both as a one-off television show and a radio series

Officials in New York return antiquities worth $14m to Pakistan

Some of the 133 objects being repatriated are associated with the antiquities smugglers Subhash Kapoor and Richard Beale

British Museum recovers a further 268 stolen objects

The institution’s chair George Osborne has described the total number of items returned as a result that “few expected”, though more than 800 remain missing

Theft of Bronze Age gold artefacts from UK museum sparks fresh concerns about lack of government investment in sector

A bracelet and torc dating back thousands of years were taken from Cambridgeshire’s Ely Museum last week, shining a light on underfunding and its potential impact on security

Painting stolen from Chatsworth House 45 years ago discovered at auction

The oil on wood painting by Eramus Quelliness II was taken in a raid in 1979, though the thieves left behind much more valuable works

Stolen Italian landscape returned to Oxford's Christ Church Picture Gallery from Romania

Police are appealing for information about two other paintings stolen in the same 2020 burglary

Art fraudster Inigo Philbrick’s glamorous rise and dramatic fall to become television series

A production company working with HBO has optioned a memoir by Philbrick’s former friend and business partner Orlando Whitfield

Man who sold 145 fraudulent Peter Max paintings sentenced to 14 months in prison

More than 40 people bought what they thought were original paintings by Max, but were in fact prints to which the seller had added paint and signatures

The Week in Art podcast | Inigo Philbrick and art world fraud, Hong Kong’s new security law, a Maharaja’s sword

Is a return for the disgraced art dealer that unthinkable? Plus, how Article 23 might impact the art sector, and a closer look at a royal weapon coming on show in London

Art forger who duped collectors with fake Renaissance woodblock prints sentenced to more than four years in prison

Earl Marshawn Washington had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud this past summer

British Museum’s legal action over thefts is ‘locking the stable door after the horse has bolted’, experts say

The museum's former acting head of the Greece and Rome department, Peter Higgs, is facing legal action after being accused of stealing up to 2,000 objects

The Van Gogh painting that was stolen—and recovered in an Ikea bag—goes on show

Research reveals that the artist began the work as a winter scene and transformed it into a spring landscape

No confidence vote against Italian junior culture minister postponed

Vittorio Sgarbi is being investigated for allegedly laundering an Old Master painting

Italian politicians call on government to sack minister involved in art theft case

Vittorio Sgarbi has been accused of laundering a stolen 17th-century painting attributed to Rutilio Manetti

Caught red-handed: climate activist pleads guilty to defacing Degas exhibit at National Gallery of Art

Joanna Smith faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine

Review into British Museum thefts calls for fundamental reforms

The Independent Collection Security Review urges the museum to take urgent action, including fully recording the collection and tough management changes


Richly detailed crime podcast captures with verve the ‘grubby underbelly’ of the art and antiquities trade

The Professor: Hunting for the Mafia's Missing Masterpiece follows English antiquities and ancient coins dealer William Veres as he attempts to solve the theft of a work by Caravaggio

Dealer and furniture expert to go on trial as part of longstanding investigation into forged French furniture

The trial is expected to offer unprecedented insights into the inner workings of the antique furniture market that once took pride of place at Paris's Biennale des Antiquaires

Antiquities trafficking charges upheld against former Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez

French high court rejects Martinez's appeal but drops charges against curator Jean-François Charnier in Egyptian antiquities investigation

British Museum releases further details of independent review into thefts

The review team will now liaise with the police for the criminal investigation

California police officer took bribes from Colombian art dealer for years in exchange for immigration help

A former police officer in California has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes over the course of seven years from an unnamed Colombian gallerist

Alleged head of Egyptian antiquities trafficking ring arrested in Paris

Serop Simonian was arrested in his hometown of Hamburg and transferred to France

Dmitry Rybolovlev’s former attorney, France's justice minister Eric Dupont-Moretti, faces trial next month

The former defence attorney is accused of using his position to settle scores, including against a judge who investigated the Russian oligarch in Monaco.

Man pleads guilty to stealing original Wizard of Oz ruby slippers from Judy Garland museum

The film-famous footwear disappeared from a museum in the actress's Minnesota childhood home in 2005