Art Crime

Rodin recovered 24 years after theft

An Auguste Rodin sculpture stolen 24 years ago from Beverly Hills has been recovered.

The work was recovered by the Art Recovery group when it was put up for sale at auction at Christie’s in New York. The Art Recovery Group acted for the insurer as a negotiator to reach a suitable agreement with the consigner of the sculpture.

The title of the work has been released by the seller. The work, ‘Young girl with serpent’ was valued at $100,000 by Christie’s and will be put up for sale later this year.

Chris Marinello, CEO of the Art Recovery Group said: “This case was a perfect example of public and private sector collaboration.” Marinello also praised the perseverance of the Beverly Hills Police department and the lead detective Michael Corren for keeping the investigation open 24 years.

The piece was stolen from a private Beverly Hills home in 1991 when the home was left empty. Thieves stole over $1 million in a series of break-ins. Police say they gained entry through a duplicate key.

This is the first item recovered from the thefts. All the other missing works have been recorded on the ArtClaim Database.

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Rebecca Hawkins

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Rebecca's passion for the visual arts started at a early age so studying a BA (Hons) in History & Philosophy of Art was a natural progression. A keen artist she has also completed a Fine Art Foundation to develop her own artistic practice. Rebecca has recently started writing features for Private Art Investor. Please feel free to contact Rebecca on +44 1737 245 564 or at if you are interested in arranging an interview.