Art crime

Looted antiquities worth $19m returned to Italian authorities in New York

Some of the 19 artefacts handed over by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office had ties to notorious traffickers

Seattle man sentenced to two years of probation for selling fake Native American art

Lewis Anthony Rath had pleaded guilty to selling fake San Carlos Apache art at Seattle retail stores

Former German museum worker sentenced to prison for stealing and selling paintings

He replaced a painting by Franz von Stuck with a forgery and sold the original

Ex-dealer Robert Newland sentenced to nearly two years in prison for role in Inigo Philbrick’s art frauds

"He did his job, but his job turned out to be assisting a criminal fraud," a New York district court judge said

Recovering the stolen Van Gogh: the museum director recalls the emotional moment

Seized in a violent raid in 2020, returned in a blue Ikea bag—now being bought back from the insurer

Washington State man sentenced to two years in prison for passing off more than $1m worth of fakes as Alaska Native art

He even hired Alaska Natives as clerks in his stores as part of the ruse, and will serve the longest sentence on record for violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act

Hundreds of works from Los Angeles's infamous Ace Gallery to be liquidated via online auction

At least $230,000 worth of art and ephemera is being offered to repay creditors in the gallery's 2013 bankruptcy

Parthenon Marbles deal still on the table despite British Museum theft scandal

Other Greek treasures would come to London in exchange for a loan of the contested sculptures

British Museum director Hartwig Fischer steps down with immediate effect

Fischer, who was set to leave his position next year, made the decision to go now amid the scandal surrounding the theft of objects from the museum's collection

‘I viewed the morning with alarm. The British Museum had lost its charm’

The crisis at the museum raises many questions, including who can take the institution forward from here

Eye-opening filings in Lisa Schiff lawsuit reveal dozens of new claims and more than 100 missing works

The embattled art adviser is facing two lawsuits accusing her of running a "Ponzi scheme" and defrauding her clients

'More than 1,500' artefacts were stolen from British Museum, internal investigation reportedly reveals

A Unesco antiquities trafficking expert says the theft is "probably the worst case so far"

Auctioneer, who admitted he helped make fake Basquiats seized by the FBI, avoids jail time

Michael Barzman will pay a fine, do community service and be on probation for his role in the forgery scandal

Thefts at the British Museum prompted director’s resignation, say media reports

But Hartwig Fischer stepping down is not linked to the alleged thefts, say fresh sources

Media reports identify objects allegedly stolen from British Museum and posted on eBay

The items include a piece of Roman jewellery—reportedly worth between £25,000 and £50,000—being offered with a minimum price of £40

British Museum antiquities thief alleged to be veteran curator Peter Higgs

Higgs, who was sacked earlier this year, is alleged to have sold uncategorised items from the museum's collection on eBay as early as 2016

British Museum imposes 'emergency security measures' after staff member allegedly steals priceless artefacts

The museum in London is reckoning with a huge security breach after admitting that jewellery and gems dating back millennia had been removed from its storeroom without detection

Orlando Museum of Art sues its former director over Basquiat forgery scandal

According to the lawsuit, Aaron De Groft stood to benefit from the eventual sale of the fake Basquiats—and planned subsequent shows of works purportedly by Titian and Pollock

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Does the punishment fit the crime? Art fraudsters face erratic sentencing

Recent high-profile cases, such as those of Daniel Elie Bouaziz and Angela Gulbenkian, demonstrate that lengths of sentences vary widely, with little consistency in judges’ reasoning

Antiquities trafficking is not ‘the third largest illicit trade in the world’, researchers claim

New report traces the origins of the oft-repeated superlative, which its authors say is incorrect and actually makes it harder to fight trafficking

Alaska souvenir store accused of selling artefacts falsely labelled as authentic ‘Native art’

The lawsuit comes amid a crackdown on sales of fake Native American artefacts

Sculpture stolen from the set of new Beetlejuice movie

The Vermont State Police is looking for any leads regarding the whereabouts of the 150-pound sculpture and another element of the set

Collector Adam Lindemann arrested after shoving rival dealer Max Levai

The Hamptons neighbours got into a spat about zoning violations

Detroit-area photography dealer pleads guilty to $1.5m art fraud scheme

Wendy Halsted Beard was arrested last year after an FBI investigation

Trial of Parisian antiques dealer accused of forging French furniture delayed due to ill health

93-year-old Jean Lupu, who allegedly faked 17th- and 18th-century royal furniture, and his wife say they are unable to stand trial due to illness and stress

Warhol and Pollock works stolen by American crime ring may not have been destroyed, authorities reveal

Statements by one member of a crime ring that struck 20 different institutions over two decades have restored hope that not all the loot was destroyed

Italian painter arrested as investigations continue in Old Master forgery scandal

Lino Frongia is suspected of producing the fakes that sold for millions of euros

Douglas Latchford’s estate hands over $12m to settle US trafficking case

The late antiquities dealer was accused of profiting off stolen Cambodian antiquities