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Archaeolaw Book Club: The Goldfinch

February 19, 2014

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OK, there isn’t really an Archaeolaw book club (unless enough of you harass me to start one!) But, if there was, then I’d put this book next on the reading list. I haven’t read it yet, but since I’ve got so many books in rotation it takes me about six months to get through anything […]

How to Move $8 Million Into the United States Under the Radar and Tax-Free? ART!

May 16, 2013

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This story is a fantastic example of how art is used to launder money (like, for real, not just in hysterical art crime rhetoric): According to the air bill slapped on the crate that arrived at Kennedy International Airport from London, an unnamed painting worth $100 was inside. Only later did federal investigators discover that […]

Reactions to “The Great Giveback”

February 6, 2013

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Senior editor at the New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakin, recently published an opinion piece, “The Great Giveback,” in the New York Times. The piece discusses the now commonplace routine of American museums announcing the return of antiquities to foreign countries, based on the respective country’s threats of legal action or other sanctions. Through […]

Honduras to Enact Minimum Sentences for Cultural Heritage Crimes

February 4, 2013

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Those who are convicted of committing crimes against cultural heritage in Honduras will soon be facing a mandatory sentencing scheme. The Honduran Congress is expected to establish mandatory sentences, which will be the first of their kind, in 2013. According to authorities, there have been 304 cases of cultural property theft in Honduras from 2001 […]

Sale of First Nations Family Masks is Cause for Concern

January 24, 2013

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Two cedar masks considered sacred to a Hupacasath family have recently been sold to an unknown collector. The colorful masks, known as hinkeets, had been passed down maternal lines of the family for over a century before being sold by Seahawk Auctions of Vancouver. The masks were taken to the action house by the very […]

Bargain Art Online? Surprise! It’s Fake

September 18, 2012

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Every day, shoppers purchase artwork labeled as “original” and “authentic” at closeout prices online. As the New York Times reports, these works are often fake or misleadingly labeled. The expanding prominence of e-commerce has led to a wide spectrum of Web sites hosted by artists and galleries that legitimately sell artwork online. The growth of […]

ARCA Masters Program in International Art Crime Accepting Applications for 2013

September 17, 2012

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The Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2012. The academically intensive ten-week program offers in-depth postgraduate level instruction on the many aspects of art and heritage crime. Selected topics […]

How to Launder Money Through Art and Antiquities

September 12, 2012

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With $4.79 billion in sales last year, the Chinese art market has overtaken art markets in the US and UK to become the largest in the world. According to a recent report in Business Insider, however, the booming industry is not for the love of art. Experts believe that the growth of the Chinese art […]

Algarve Monuments Need €14 Million Worth of Repairs

August 27, 2012

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The Algarve regional culture authority has identified 59 monuments in need of repair. The price tag on these repairs will total €14 million. According to a recent article in The Portugal News Online, the monuments that need the most work are the Fort of S. Luís de Almádena (Vila do Bispo), the Cruz de Portugal […]

More (Allegedly) Stolen Art at Sotheby’s

August 24, 2012

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There is yet another piece of allegedly stolen art gracing the pages of Sotheby’s 2011 catalog. Prosecutors have recently filed suit against Sotheby’s over a 1,000 year old statute of a Hindu warrior, according to a recent article in The New York Times. The documents claim that Sotheby’s knew the sculpture “was an important piece […]

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