July 11, 2020

This past week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided a facility in Traverse City, Michigan, and arrested a 60 year old man in connection with the production and sale of forged paintings and historic baseball collectibles.

Writing for The Detroit News, Robert Snell...

July 6, 2020

Here’s an odd art theft story out of New Zealand.

Two weeks ago, a man walked into the lobby of the QT Hotel and, when staff was otherwise occupied, walked off with a sculpture weighing nearly 45 pounds.

The stolen piece was the late Daniel Campion’s Reality Bites 1.0, i...

June 28, 2020

Recently, I wrote about the recovery by Italian and French police of the Banksy work stolen in Paris last year. The work, depicting a veiled mourner, was painted on an exit door of the Bataclan, the site of a 2015 terrorist massacre. Authorities believe that the door w...

June 23, 2020

Last night, Capitol Police arrived in Lafayette Park just in time to keep a mob from tearing down a well-known statue of Andrew Jackson that has as its backdrop the White House. As someone who has spent the past 15 years working to protect cultural property, the story...

June 21, 2020

Erik the Belgian, born Rene Alphonse van den Berghe, died on June 19th at the age of 80.

His heyday was in the Seventies, robbing Spanish churches and monasteries of perhaps hundreds of precious items, primarily over a seven-year period.

In an interview with Karmentxu Ma...

June 19, 2020

According to Paula Reed Ward at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Judge Alexander P. Bicket sentenced John Schulman, owner of Caliban Book Shop, to 12 years probation, with 4 years house arrest. Greg Priore, the archivist of Carnegie Library rare books room received 12 year...

June 10, 2020

Two thieves presenting themselves as police officers approach the door to an establishment holding valuables and, using a ruse, convince the man behind the counter to let down his defenses. They order him to step out from behind the counter. Just as he realizes that th...

June 7, 2020

The story of a painting from the Circle of John Singer Sargent of King Philip IV is the subject of an intriguing Twitter thread by Dr. Victoria Reed, the Curator of Provenance at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. A close examination of the recent history of the painting be...

June 4, 2020

The looting of art and other cultural property is about as old as warfare itself. For centuries, one people’s treasures have become another’s spoils of war.

The Antiquities Coalition (@combatlooting) refers to looting as “cultural racketeering,” and their work spans the...

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