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Jailed diamond dealer and art collector Nirav Modi fights extradition to India on mental health grounds

Modi, who is currently held in Wandsworth Prison in London, is wanted for allegedly defrauding a state bank of £729m

German socialite Angela Gulbenkian pleads guilty to theft in London court

The charges against her stemmed from the fraudulent sale of a £1.1m Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture to a Hong Kong collector, while a similar claim against her over a Warhol portrait remains in German court

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Number of art thefts in Italy plummets—partly thanks to drones

New report by special police force finds increase in security and surveillance technology has dissuaded dealers in stolen art

Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

Plus, vaccine passports in museums and Gossaert's Adoration

Police discovers stolen Salvator Mundi in Naples apartment

The copy of Leonardo's $450m painting was taken from the Museum of San Domenico Maggiore last year

Christie’s and Sotheby’s ordered to disclose dealings with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

Sales of paintings by Cézanne and Picasso worth a combined $139m are also under scrutiny by the US Virgin Island attorney general

Theftsnews

German police arrest three suspects in Dresden jewel heist investigation

More than 1,600 police officers take part in raids in Berlin to solve violent theft from Dresden’s Green Vault

Police search for Benin Bronze protestor—found guilty of 'threatening behaviour'

Isaiah Ogundele, who demonstrated outside the Museum of London, Docklands for the objects' repatriation, failed to appear at his court hearing earlier this month

Man who punched £20m Picasso painting at Tate Modern is jailed for 18 months

Repairing the piece—on long-term loan from a private collection—will take more than a year and cost up to £350,000

The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

Plus, art under threat in Putin's Russia and George Shaw on Thomas Jones. Produced in association with Christie's

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Sophia Kishkovsky. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

Plus, Laura Cumming on Breugel. Produced in association with Christie's

Hosted by Ben Luke. , with guest speaker Martin Bailey. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Birthday heist: Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum on anniversary of artist's birth

The Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands is currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

Three paintings—including valuable Van Dyck portrait—stolen from Oxford University gallery

London-based Old Masters dealer says that the works are “an unusual group to steal—neither priceless nor small fry”

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Released but still under investigation: Russian couple embroiled in fraud scandal

Igor and Olga Toporovsky linked to controversial show of Russian avant-garde works in Ghent

Stolen 'Klimt' found hidden in a wall will take a month to authenticate, officials say

Gardener discovered the painting behind a metal plate on an exterior wall at Italy's Ricci Oddi gallery

Bankrupt 'playboy' James Stunt attempted to borrow £40m against works of art claimed to be forgeries

The former husband of heiress Petra Ecclestone owes £5m in debt including an unpaid sum of £3.9m to Christie's

Crime news

Attempted robbery of Rembrandt paintings at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Theft of two paintings was thwarted thanks to gallery's security staff and systems

Russianews

Art trove belonging to Russian billionaire fugitive found hidden in village near Moscow

Investigators find paintings and rare books missing from private museum belonging to banker Alexei Ananyev accused of alleged financial crimes

Brooklyn project waives court appearances for lawbreakers who agree to take art classes

District attorney says the initiative, which applies to minor nonviolent misdemeanors, promotes "human dignity"

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

Nate Lowman’s new works to focus on Las Vegas mass shooting

Series of paintings at David Zwirner London are based on crime scene images released by police

Paris fair struggles to move on from forged furniture fiasco

Criminal investigation launched three years ago into Parisian dealers at La Biennale continues to diminish confidence in the event's integrity

Photography collective takes a stand against wildlife crime

Internationally renowned photographers join forces to publish a crowdfunded book in English and Mandarin that raises awareness of China’s illegal trade in animals

Collectorsarchive

Mystery of London dealer’s inflated invoices for world’s biggest collector, the head of Qatar's National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage

The Art Newspaper has obtained invoices sent by Oliver Hoare to Sheikh Saud Al-Thani of Qatar, who remains under arrest in Doha as authorities investigate alleged misuse of public funds

Crime news

Murdered muralist Héctor Domínguez honoured in Mexico

Suspicion aired that the 27-year-old artist may have been killed, along with his father and brother, because of his environmental activism

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A million Artsy user account details exposed in large-scale hack

Compromised data included account holders’ names and email and IP addresses

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Witches, cannibals and murderers: the stories behind some of the Musée d’Orsay’s most violent works of art

In his new book The Orsay Murder Club, the art historian Christos Markogiannakis examines the horrors of the Paris museum’s collection

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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

List of 34,361 dead refugees and migrants goes back on show in Liverpool after being destroyed

Reasons and perpetrators behind the removal of the key biennial work remain unclear

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

The art world has yet to tackle issues around works like Picasso’s $115m child-prostitute portrait

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

Lawnews

Art consultant pleads guilty to filing false tax return

Lacy Doyle hid millions of dollars in inheritance in a Swiss bank account, US Attorney says

Top Italian museum director faces trial over gym visits

The director of the Galleria Borghese in Rome has been suspended without pay for leaving the office

Ivorynews

Ivory-trade investigator Esmond Bradley Martin found murdered in Nairobi home

Former UN special envoy for rhino conservation was at the forefront of exposing scale of global black market for animal products

Tate celebrates return of restored Rothko

The product of 9 months of restoration leaves no traces of graffiti ink

Art and the appetite for destruction: Histories of British Iconoclasm on now at Tate Britain

Tate Britain examines the history of those who have targeted art, from Henry VIII to the present

Lawsuitsarchive

Swiss collector Stephan Schmidheiny sentenced to 18-year term

Schmidheiny is to appeal the verdict, citing the charges relating to asbestos manufacturing as 'absurd'

Joan Miroarchive

Miró on loan damaged at Tate Modern

The museum forked out £203,000 for repair and depreciation costs

Rothko’s children condemn Tate vandalism

One of Tate Modern's Rothkos is defaced in the name of art

Collectorsarchive

Collector Claude Dray shot dead in Paris

The body of the billionaire hotelier was discovered at his villa in Neuilly-sur-Seine

Return to power: Zahi Hawass reappointed

Hawass originally resigned due to accusations of illegal activities and military guard ceasing at archeological sites

Jury clears Britons of Da Vinci theft extortion

Three lawyers and two private detectives are now off the hook

White Cubearchive

Bullets over Basel: Loud noise resembling gunfire alarms dealers

Criminal activity was ruled out when the sound was found to be the result of something being accidentally knocked over

Lawsuitsarchive

Collector and Madoff associate Ezra Merkin finds himself in court

He is accused of defrauding his investors, which include charities

Censorshiparchive

Kulik images impounded as ‘pornography’ at Fiac

Russian gallery directors handcuffed by police, but case dropped

Collectorsarchive

Russian art collector could face seven years in prison

Vladimir Nekrasov has been charged with corporate tax evasion

Crime archive

Found: paintings from the collection of Brazilian money launderer

A Léger and a Basquiat belonging to Edemar Cid Ferreira have been identified

Buccleuch family Leonardo found

Ninth Duke did not live to see his painting returned

Newsarchive

Arrest warrant for Phoenix Ancient Art director

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

Newsarchive

Accountant alleges major fraud at art school founded by Andy Warhol

Charges focus on former executive director of the New York Academy of Art

Moscowarchive

Russian art dealers released after a year in jail without trial

Couple claim that forgery accusations were the result of a property deal gone sour

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