Art Crime

Italian police seize €15 million Picasso

The Italian police have seized a Picasso painting from the apartment of a retiree who claims that the piece was a gift given in 1978. According to the owner, a Rome-based frame maker, a client had given him the artwork as a gift, without mentioning either its creator or value, …

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Stolen Michelangelo archives held ransom to The Vatican

The Vatican has been demanded a ransom of €100,000, addressed to the cardinal Angelo Comastri, in exchange of the return of two documents signed by Michelangelo, according to The Telegraph. A document written by the hand of the Renaissance master is very rare, as Michelangelo used to dictate his letters to his assistants. Therefore, one …

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Le Guennec found guilty of Picasso theft

Husband and wife Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec have been found guilty of the theft of 271 works by Picasso, which they have kept hidden in their garage for almost 40 years, and have been sentenced to two years in prison, and must return the stolen works to the painter’s family. …

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Art CrimeArt Restitution

Nazi-looted El Greco portrait returned to owners

Art Recovery International has worked with The Commission for Looted Art in Europe to restitute ‘Portrait of a Gentleman’ by El Greco. The Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE) was acting on behalf of the rightful owners of the work and helped reach an equitable settlement for both parties …

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Painting recovered by Art Recovery International sells for £80,000

A painting by renowned French Impressionist Henri Martin sold for £80,000 on Tuesday, two and a half years after it was stolen from a private residence in Hertfordshire, England. The painting had been recovered with the help of research, dispute resolution and recovery services Art Recovery International, which is part …

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Art Recovery Group: Tracking Stolen Art

‘Profil Bleu Devant la Cheminée’ (Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace) by Henri Mattisse was the star of the Henie Onstad Kuntsenter modern art museum in Høvikodden Norway. Thousands of people saw the painting on display with no idea that it was originally stolen by Nazis. But Chris …

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Art Recovery Group opens new London office

Art Recovery Group has opened a new office in London’s art quarter. The group said the move offers a more integrated space for its specialised services to the market. Art Recovery Group’s two divisions, Art Recovery International and ArtClaim, provide professional due diligence, dispute resolution and art recovery services to …

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Looted Syrian art appears in British museums

Close to 100 artworks and artefacts looted from Syria by extremist group Daesh have been smuggled into the United Kingdom, finding their way into public institutions and museums. The sale of valuable art and artefacts looted from important cultural heritage sights in Syria is an important source of income for terrorist organisations. …

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Artefacts stolen from the Palace of Fontainebleu Chinese museum

On Sunday 1 March 2015, several highly valuable artefacts and artworks were stolen from the Chinese museum of the Palace of Fontainebleu in France. The Chinese and Siamese artefacts were collected by the Empress Eugénie, who put them on display in her Chinese museum in 1863. Amongst the most important …

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Art CrimeArt Restitution

Manship & Troubetzkoy Statues recovered 32 years after being stolen

Two bronze sculptures stolen 32 years ago from Hirschl & Adler Gallery in New York City have been returned to the gallery. ‘Central Figure of Day’ by Paul Manship was the first of the sculptures to be stolen at the start of December 1983. ‘Figure of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’ by …

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