Stolen art

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Salvator Mundi

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

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Stolen art

Samsung partners with art crime expert to hunt for world's missing masterpieces

Works by Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne, which were stolen in dramatic art heists, are available to view online

Analysis
Art theft

Steal and repeat: why art gets stolen time and again

When works of art are taken multiple times, it is often more about criminal prestige or bargaining chips for reducing prison sentences

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Stolen art

Stolen Mao Zedong scroll worth $300m found cut in half after being resold for $65

Hong Kong police have arrested three men in relation to a $645m heist that included calligraphy by the Communist leader and other revolutionary art and ephemera

Blog
Adventures with Van Gogh

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?

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Stolen art

Coronavirus might be limiting our travels but one painting is still on the move (somewhere)

Terry Frost's work, which was last seen on a train between London Euston and Crewe, joins a long list of disappearances associated with public transport

Podcast

Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

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

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Art theft

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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Stolen art

Los Angeles police recover $800,000 worth of stolen lithographs by Scottish artist Benjamin Creme

Missing since 2012, around 1,300 prints have been returned to their rightful owner, who used to sell Creme's works

Archive
Rome

An Italian archaeologist pleads for professionals to gather information from farmers and from those living near ancient sites

The integrity of most archaeological sites in Italy has been compromised by extensive illicit excavations, which have caused the loss of an enormous quantity of archaeological information

Archive
Art market

Databases of stolen art can help thwart art thieves and promote vigilance

Registering items in such databases can bring peace of mind

Archive
Unidroit Convention

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