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FBI hunts Warhol print art thieves and offers $25,000 reward

The FBI has offered a reward of $25,000 (£17,500) for information leading to the recovery of seven Andy Warhol soup can prints stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri. The prints are part of a group of 10 and were stolen when burglars broke into the gallery last week. …

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Swiss prosecutors hunt for missing Panama Papers Modigliani painting

Prosecutors in Switzerland have raided a storage facility in Geneva searching for the $25 million 1918 Modigliani painting Seated Man with a Cane that has become a subject of controversy after it was revealed in the Panama Papers that it had be the subject of a Nazi looting-inspired court case. …

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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 …

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$8 million Basquiat smuggled into the United States returned to Brazil

On 19 June 2015, an $8 million Basquiat and a Roman statue that were illegally smuggled into the US were returned to the Brazilian government at a ceremony in New York. The works were smuggled by Edemar Cid Ferreira, a convict fraudster from São Paulo. Ferreira, the founder and former president of the Banco …

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Dr Nicholas Eaustaugh: How I uncovered the forger of the century

For Dr Nicholas Eastaugh, rooting out notorious forger Wolfgang Beltracchi was all in a day’s work. He tells Private Art Investor how he achieved it. Famous art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi, dubbed ‘the forger of the century’, was released from prison in January and is currently holding a solo exhibition at …

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Art crime conference planned at NYU

Art Recovery Group and Jacob Fine Art are to hold the third annual Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium at NYU Law School’s Lipton Hall in New York City on 4-6 June 2015. The conference, organized in collaboration with New York University’s School of Professional Studies, will bring together some …

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Jasper Johns assistant guilty of theft

James Meyer, former assistant to the artist Jasper Johns, has been sentences to 18 months in prison for stealing the artist’s works and selling them to New York galleries. Meyer worked as an assistant for the painter for 25 years, and stole 22 works between 2006 and 2012. The works in …

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Collection management and security tips from former FBI man Robert Wittman

The most common collection management mistake made by art collectors is failing to keep good records. That is the view of art recovery, security and protection expert Robert Wittman. Formerly the founder and head of the FBI’s art recovery team, Wittman often sees collectors struggle to recoup their losses after …

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Robert Wittman: what my FBI career taught me about art crime

Robert Wittman founded and ran the FBI’s National Art Crime Team and now works privately in the same field. He gave Private Art Investor an insight into the shady world of theft and forgery.  Working undercover in the dark and often dangerous world of art crime was par for the …

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Restitution: why there should be no time limit

On March 30, The Art Newspaper reported that Klaus Albrecht Schröder, the director of The Albertina Museum in Vienna, has called for a time limit on restitution claims in relation to art stolen by the Nazis. Arguing that the time limit should be for between 30-40 years more, Schröder suggested …

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