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Nazi looted Vlaminck Painting reaches amicable resolution

An amicable resolution has been reached between the rightful owners of Maurice de Vlaminck’s  ‘La Voile Blanche á Bougival’ (White Sales at Bougival) and the current owner. The Fauvist painting was taken in 1940 as part of the Nazi movement to confiscate ‘degenerate’ works of art from Jewish art dealers. …

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Art Recovery Group launch ArtClaim

After 12 months of development the Art Recovery Group has launched its new database ArtClaim. Chris Marinello, CEO of the Art Recovery Group, said “We are extremely proud of the ArtClaim Database and the progress that it represents for this area of the art market.” The cloud based resource will …

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Art Crime

Fighting art crime: a view from the coalface

Is your art collection safe from theft? If it work is taken, what are your chances of ever seeing it again? Just as importantly, might that beautiful painting you bought actually be stolen goods? Annual UK theft losses of art and antiques are estimated to be in the region of …

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Due diligence vital when purchasing contemporary art

Most buyers are aware of the need for due diligence when purchasing older works of art but even when buying contemporary art, it is important to take every precaution to ensure the work is not forged or  stolen. That is the view of Celia Lloyd Davidson, London-based art specialist at …

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Threat of litigation stifles art authentication

The art market is suffering because a number of major art estates and foundations have dissolved their authentication following repeated litigation disputing their decisions not to authenticate certain pieces of work. That is the view of Robert Darwell, head of law firm Sheppard Mullin’s art law practice. The Andy Warhol …

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The legalities of art investment: do your homework

Art investors should exercise the same level of caution and attention to detail when negotiating an art purchase that they would put into buying real estate – yet often they fail to put all the necessary safeguards in place.  That is the view of Massimo Sterpi, a specialist in art …

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Looted Matisse returned to Rosenberg family

The Rosenberg family have had one of the 460 works of art taken from them during Nazi persecution returned to them. The painting ‘Profil Bleu devant la cheminée’ (Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace) by Henri Matisse, dated 1937 was stolen along with 162 other works on 5th …

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New centre to yield industry-wide object identification standards and solutions

ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, a member of Argo Group International Holdings, and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, have launched an initiative that promises to revolutionize the global arts and collectables industry by developing industry-accepted identification and authenticity standards. The University at Albany, one of the four …

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Insurer to establish global framework for art authenticity

An 18-month project aimed at establishing a framework for implementing technologies intended to address the issue of authenticity of works of fine art and other objects in the global art market has been launched by ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, a member of the Argo Group. The project will work through …

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XL Group appoints fine art underwriter

XL Group has appointed Paul Le Boutillier as senior underwriter, fine art & specie. The insurance company said he will cover a broad book of business covering valuable fine art and other valuable items globally. Le Boutillier, who has spent significant time living and working in Asia Pacific, joins XL …

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