Art theft


Tate asks permission to spend £15 million from stolen Turner paintings

The windfall from Tate's insurance claim may shortly be spent


US Customs art squad reassigned to war on terror

The agents who had investigated stolen art will now work on cases related to terrorism and fraud

£100,000 reward for Leonardo’s Madonna stolen in Scotland

The Duke of Buccleuch's disputed masterpiece has yet to be found

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Johnny Eskenazi on the cultural casualties of the Afghan war: An evening with Kalashnikovs and the Begram ivories

In 1996, the art dealer and scholar was taken secretly to the house of a Pakistani politician where he saw one of the greatest treasures from the Kabul Museum

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Art dealer Adam Williams found guilty after 11 years of litigation

Williams will not appeal French court decision, citing health reasons

Freud ramps up efforts to find Bacon portrait stolen in Berlin

A poster campaign has been launched to recover the work which disappeared from the Neue Nationalgalerie

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Thefts from UK national museums. Question in Parliament uncovers extensive losses

13 paintings from the National Maritime Museum, a £100,000 chest from the British Museum, and a Burne-Jones panel from the V&A are some of the items stolen

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Art and archaeology falls casualty to the Chechen war

The collections of two museums in Grozny have disappeared and the region’s distinctive stone towers are caught in the crossfire


Interview with Guita Abidari on the Art Loss Register

Their director of marketing talks on the database against crime

Tate Turner thieves convicted

Unrecovered paintings stolen in Frankfurt, 1994.

Thefts from V&A and Courtauld Gallery

Two Constables and three small paintings discovered to be missing from storage


Insurance payouts for the Tate as Turners remain missing

Following thefts, Tate receives funds to repurchase works stolen in Frankfurt

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Florentine seizure of war-theft paintings on loan from New Zealand

It is alleged that they were stolen from the collection of Cino Vitta, head of the Jewish community in Florence during the war


Works of art vanish from Kinshasa

The change of regime in the Democratic Republic of Congo coincided with thefts from the Institut des Musées Nationaux

The arguments for and against Unidroit

Our second Art Law Supplement examines cultural property export regulations; the legal loopholes in their international enforcement and the latest proposed solution: the controversial 1995 Unidroit Convention on Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Objects. We also deal with art and artists on the edge of society, in articles on censorship and the creations of the mentally ill


Texas war booty charge thrown out of court

Technicality spares the sellers of the Quedlinburg treasure

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Art theft: Olé, oy vey!

Fake rabbis rob Spanish monastery

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Christie’s to auction unclaimed works of art confiscated from Austrian Jews by the Nazis

8,000 works stored for over forty years in the medieval monastery at Mauerbach


War loot funded Quedlinburg GI’s double lifestyle

Former acquaintances in Dallas’s gay scene report war booty on show in his apartment

Don’t just berate the thieves: look at the museums and excavators too

In the last of our series which publishes talks given in London this summer, Professor Sir John Boardman, Lincoln Professor Emeritus of classical archaeology and art at Oxford, singles out three areas for concern.

Seeking out Van Eyck's "The Just Judges" altarpiece

Next month the Belgian city of Ghent is mounting a high-tech search for a panel of Van Eyck's masterpiece missing since 1934

Looking at the findings of the “Spoils of War” conference

The meeting produced revelations, but little hope that the return of looted art will be eased

East meets West in Prague — but the gulf tells

Conference in Prague on public galleries and private collectors hears of thefts and restitution claims in Eastern museums


Looted art publicly acknowledged by Soviet Minister of Culture

A commission will be set up at Gorbachev’s behest to look into cultural property removed to U.S.S.R.


The Art Newspaper brings an update on Angkor Wat situation and what is being done to preserve its treasures and history

Conservation projects are urgently needed, however hope is found underneath the Phnom Penh museum