Thefts

Mexico recovers stolen 16th-century manuscripts

The historic works were taken from the National Archives over the years in what its new director calls a “wholesale pillaging”

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French decorative art stolen from 17-century country home in Sussex—for second time

Police appealing for information after five items, including a pair of Sèvres vases and a clock with a bronze figure of Apollo, were taken from Uppark on the South Downs

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Thieves steal rosary beads carried by Mary Queen of Scots to her execution

Around £1m worth of artefacts were taken from Arundel Castle in West Sussex on Friday

Dutch police arrest over Van Gogh smash-and-grab raid: how long until the landscape is recovered?

The suspect is linked to a Frans Hals theft, which should help track down paintings from two museums

a blog by Martin Bailey

Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

Plus, vaccine passports in museums and Gossaert's Adoration

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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

Criminal claims 13 works from legendary Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist are hidden in a Dublin house

BBC4 documentary—released today—unpicks theory that the stolen art was shipped to Ireland

Asian art museum located in Israeli kibbutz targeted by thieves

14th-century Buddha and Tang Dynasty sculpture among 27 works stolen by masked burglars from Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art on Tuesday night

Van Gogh held hostage: private detective tells us he has more photographs

Will Arthur Brand’s images of the stolen painting lead to a recovery?

a blog by Martin Bailey
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Don't let your guard down: three things you can do now to protect your art during the pandemic

With sparse personnel and visitors, some criminals will try to see if the “closed” sign actually means “open”, say K2 Intelligence FIN's art crime experts

In recent decades 28 Van Goghs have been stolen in the Netherlands—but all have been recovered

Detectives are intensifying their investigation into the latest crime, at Laren’s Singer museum, which was committed this week on the artist’s birthday

a blog by Martin Bailey

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”

Ancient Bible fragments allegedly stolen by Oxford professor and sold to Hobby Lobby owner will be returned

Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible had acquired the artefacts through its founder Steve Green

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

Gael García Bernal’s new film Museo turns Mexico’s biggest art heist into a madcap caper

The Spanish-launguage movie follows two middle-class flunkies who somehow pulled off one the largest antiquities thefts in modern-day history

David D'Arcy. in Toronto
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Chinese antiquities stolen in raid on Bath museum

Haul includes precious gold and jade artefacts, which police say may have been stolen to order

FBI recovers Chagall work stolen nearly 30 years ago

The painting, taken from the Manhattan home of an elderly couple, had been stashed in a Maryland attic

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Light-fingered man steals thumb of ancient terracotta warrior during museum party

China's Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre says it will reconsider its loan policy after the "noxious incident"

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John Lennon’s stolen diaries found by Berlin police

Journals and other personal effects were discovered at auction house, reports say

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Thief walks out of Paris gallery with Botero’s Maternity statue

Galerie Bartoux staff discovered €425,000 bronze missing at closing time

One man’s epic quest to recover a stolen painting by ‘Iraq’s Picasso’

The 1968 battle scene was withdrawn last month from Christie’s Dubai sale, but its fate remains in question

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‘Spider-man’ and accomplices sentenced in Paris museum theft

Three defendants given six- to eight-year prison sentences, hefty fines and ordered to pay the city €104m

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Stolen Guercino painting found in Casablanca

Altarpiece was taken from church in Modena, Italy, in 2014

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Prosecution seeks jail time and heavy fines for Paris museum thieves

The three men involved in the heist face seven to ten years for the disappearance of five masterpieces

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Trial testimony reveals how one man walked off with five masterpieces worth €108m from a Paris museum

But professional burglar advises making sure you “have the resources” to pull off a similar heist “or drop the idea because it’s just too much of a headache”

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Stolen Old Master paintings head back to Verona

Works by Tintoretto, Mantegna and Rubens were discovered in Ukraine

Police in Greece arrest 26 in bust of alleged antiquities smuggling ring

Investigators recovered more than 2,000 objects, mostly coins, that they say were offered for sale through auction houses

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Anselm Kiefer’s studio robbed of 12 tonnes of raw marble and €1.3m lead sculpture

Two women apprehended while picking up scraps from the damaged work have been released

Stolen Salvador Dalí and Tamara de Lempicka works recovered

The two pieces were taken in 2009 from a Dutch museum during opening hours

Seventeen paintings stolen from Verona museum retrieved in Ukraine

Works by Tintoretto, Mantegna and Rubens were hidden in plastic bags near the Moldovan border

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Warhol soup can screen prints stolen from Missouri museum

FBI and Interpol have been notified by local police who are investigating the theft of an undisclosed number of works at the Springfield Art Museum

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‘Rathkeale Rovers’ gang jailed over £57m UK museums thefts

Much of the haul, which includes Chinese antiques and rhino horn, has probably ended up in China, making recovery unlikely

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Centre Pompidou’s stolen Picasso goes back on show after 15 years

Painting was recovered in 2014 after interception by vigilant US customs officers

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Italian police arrest 13 over €15m Verona museum theft

Suspects include museum’s security guard whose car was used as getaway vehicle

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Criminal gang convicted of stealing antiquities and rhino horn from UK museums

The international burglary ring targeted objects for a growing Chinese black market

Statue stolen from Mussolini’s Roman villa to be returned

The work’s current owner voluntarily turned it over to authorities

Chelmsford Museum gold coin theft linked to national security alert

Museums across UK were warned about gang making “reconnaissance visits”

Two detained in Turkey over attempted sale of painting, claimed to be lost work by Van Dyck

The sellers told undercover police that they had bought the work from a gang in Georgia

Masterpieces stolen from Verona museum

Works by Tintoretto and Rubens among 17 pieces taken

UK museums on heightened alert against attacks

Arts Council England and the Scottish Council on Archives warn of increased theft danger

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French national treasure recovered after 32 years

The 18th-century tapestry was pulled from a London auction and returned to its château in Normandy

Rodin sculpture stolen from Beverly Hills mansion returned after 24 years

Art worth more than $1m was looted after Swiss housekeeper sold duplicate key

Churches targeted in organised crime wave

Recovered artefacts include paintings, stained glass and carvings

Russborough House pulls Old Masters from Christie’s auction

Opposition from heritage groups changes the embattled foundation’s plans

Plot thickens in alleged Picasso theft case

In addition to two portraits of Jacqueline Picasso, more than 60 other works are believed to have gone missing from a storage facility in Paris suburb

Russian billionaire’s family trust joins Picasso heir in accusations against leading art dealer

Olivier Thomas is released from police custody, while Yves Bouvier denies all allegations

Dispute over 13th-century painting stolen by one of its owners has been resolved

Questions remain over authorship of panel that could be by Duccio

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Insurance deal for £24 million stolen Turners

Museum buys back title to the pictures and keeps part of the insurance money

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