Crime

Antiquities dealer Ali Aboutaam given 18-month suspended sentence by Geneva court

Decision brings the six-year investigation into the provenance of 15,000 antiquities from Phoenix Ancient Art to an end, with only a handful found to lack proper documentation

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Photography curator accused of attempted child molestation pleads not guilty

Efrem Zelony-Mindell was arrested in December by FBI agents in an undercover sting operation

Art crime specialist honoured by New Zealand for services to field

Penelope Jackson is the author of a book that considers how illicit activity differs when undertaken by women

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Moscow-based architect, who built ‘Putin’s Palace’, refuses to return to Italy to face trial

Italian Lanfranco Cirillo—whose 150-strong art collection was seized last year—will be tried in absentia by an Italian court next month for tax and money laundering crimes

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Cold case murder victim identified as Russian art dealer Aleksandr Levin

Torso was found in Amsterdam river in 2013, but DNA testing was only carried out in 2021

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Man who stabbed two MoMA employees last year charged with attempted murder and assault

He was arrested in Philadelphia in March 2022 after evading authorities for three days following the violent attack at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

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Ringleader of group who attempted to steal Banksy mural in Ukraine could face 12 years in prison

The suspect has not been identified by police, but is likely to be an environmental activist who told press that he intended to auction the work in support of the Ukrainian army

Italian police widen fraud investigation after seizing Rubens painting from Genoa exhibition

The Carabinieri accuse four people of downgrading and illegally exporting the Old Master work, which has now been returned to the show in the Palazzo Ducale

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Following his arrest in Italy, Old Master forgery suspect Giuliano Ruffini is turned over to French authorities

After seven years of investigations, Ruffini has been handed over to French authorities, likely setting the stage for a trial in Paris

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Police recover bulk of objects stolen in audacious £100m art heist from Dresden museum

Announcement was made during the trial of six men which began in January and is due to resume this week

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Russian arms dealer and artist Viktor Bout returns to Moscow via prisoner swap with US basketball player Brittney Griner

The man known as The Merchant of Death was exchanged for the American athlete, who was arrested for possessing cannabis oil at a Moscow airport in February

Paris gallerists—found guilty of selling Picasso works stolen by handyman—receive suspended jail sentences

Belle et Belle gallery has now been dissolved, closing the chapter on a decade-long criminal investigation

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Suspected Old Master forger Giuliano Ruffini—wanted by French police—cannot be found

The French dealer, who is accused of helping sell a series of forged paintings, has had a warrant out for his arrest since 2019

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Charm, pedigree, contacts: how to dupe the art market

Court documents from the ongoing Inigo Philbrick fraud saga reveal that the secretive art market and the sheer attractiveness of its lifestyle will always suck the punters in

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‘Are you going to be a witness or are you going to be a bystander?’ A new true-crime podcast examines Ana Mendieta’s shocking death

The podcast’s host, curator Helen Molesworth, discusses Mendieta’s work, life and death—and what at times resembles an art-world cover-up

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne and estranged husband Tom Girardi’s art collection up for sale in court-ordered auction

Works by Miro, Hockney and Glenna Goodacre are among those being sold to pay off creditors as couple face allegations of embezzlement

Fabergé egg allegedly found by US officials on $300m yacht seized from Russia oligarch

A photograph of the "egg" has yet to be released, leading to heightened speculation

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Tefaf Maastricht fair evacuated after attempted armed robbery

Several men ambushed a jewellery stand—though the fair has now been secured

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Eight men found guilty of Banksy theft at Bataclan in Paris

Seven individuals given jail terms for stealing “sad girl” tribute work

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British art dealer faces trial in the US for alleged part in Inigo Philbrick’s ‘ponzi-like scheme’

Robert Newland worked for Philbrick’s secondary market business Modern Collections before stints at Hauser & Wirth and Superblue

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The shocking story of a Picasso painting that was brazenly stolen and held at ransom by the 'Australian Cultural Terrorists'

Weeping Woman is one of the star works in the new exhibition Picasso Century at Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria

Texas man, mad at his girlfriend, breaks into Dallas Museum of Art and wrecks works

The man destroyed three ancient Greek vessels, a Caddo sculpture and several other objects

Egyptian antiquities connected to international trafficking ring seized from Metropolitan Museum in New York

Five objects worth more than €3m have been confiscated by authorities as part of a wide-ranging global investigation involving former Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez

Former Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez charged in connection with antiquities trafficking investigation

Martinez has been indicted for “complicity of gang fraud and laundering“ of objects purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Louvre Abu Dhabi

Former Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez questioned by police as part of probe into alleged antiquities trafficking ring

Investigation focuses on purchases made by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Stolen Charles Darwin notebooks worth millions are mysteriously returned to Cambridge library

The two manuscripts were returned in a pink gift bag with a message that read: "Happy Easter X"

Suspect in Museum of Modern Art stabbings arrested in Philadelphia

The man suspected of stabbing two front desk workers at MoMA was apprehended in a bus station in Philadelphia after a days-long manhunt

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Suspect in stabbing of MoMA employees remains at large, threatens former president Donald Trump

A man identified as Gary Cabana stabbed two front desk employees at the Museum of Modern Art on 12 March and the following day threatened to trespass Mar-a-Lago