Detroit Aims to Protect Art from Bankruptcy

October 30, 2013

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As part of Detroit’s bankruptcy, Christie’s is currently assessing the collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts (“DIA”). In response, museum officials are taking steps in order to safeguard future donations to the museum. As DIA director Graham Beal explains, selling off pieces from the institute’s collection in order to cover the city’s debts “would […]

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Costa Rican Archaeologist with Dodgy History Acquitted of Smuggling

October 24, 2013

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Costa Rican citizen and Munich resident Leonard Patterson has been acquitted of charges of attempting to smuggle 1,400 pieces of pre-Columbian art from Spain to Germany. The Latin-American Herald Tribune report is reproduced below, although the Spanish website El Universal has a much more detailed (and interesting) version of the story. Of particular interest are […]

More Charges Possible in Knoedler Case

October 23, 2013

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Last September, the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office asked the judge presiding over several cases against the Knoedler Gallery, former director Ann Freedman, and art dealer Glafira Rosales, to pause the proceedings until December. The Attorneys asked for the pause due to possible further criminal charges. Currently, the only criminal charges in the case have been […]

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Cultural Property Protection and the U.S. Military: A View From an Army Archaeologist

October 22, 2013

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Please see the following notice from DePaul regarding a program that will be happening… tomorrow!! If you are in the Chicago area, it sounds like it’d be worth checking out. Sorry for the late notice, but we are very fortunate to have Dr. Laurie Rush as a guest speaker at DePaul College of Law this […]

Nineteen Arrested After Break-ins Targeting Chinese Artifacts

October 16, 2013

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In dawn raids, police arrested 19 people that they believe were involved in thefts and attempted thefts of various Chinese artifacts from museums and an auction house. The thefts occurred across a four-month span in 2012. Among the institutions targeted were the Durham University Oriental Museum, Gorringes Auction House, Norwich Castle Museum, and Fitzwilliam Museum. […]

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Obama Urged to Protect Syrian Cultural Heritage

October 9, 2013

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As the possibility of a military strike against Syria becomes more real, cultural heritage organizations worldwide are appealing to President Obama to take steps that will ensure that Syria’s cultural heritage is protected. Prominent groups, including the United States Committee of the Blue Shield, have asked that Obama issue an executive order which would require […]

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Suspect Admits Egyptian Antiquities Had False Provenance

October 2, 2013

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London man Niel Kingsbury has recently plead guilty to charges stemming from his falsification of the provenance of certain Egyptian antiquities. The charges arose after Kingsbury consigned the antiquities to auction houses Bonhams and Christie’s, explaining that he had inherited the objects from his uncle who served in Egypt during World War II. A curator […]

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