Browsing All Posts filed under »Art Heists«

Archaeolaw Book Club: The Goldfinch

February 19, 2014


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 […]

Syrian Artifacts Seized

February 14, 2013


In early February, the Public Security Department (“PSD”) reported that police seized a large stock of antiquities from an Arab National. Police believe that the antiquities were originally smuggled from Syria. The recovery occurred after police officers received a tip that the antiquities were being housed in a Ramtha apartment. According to PSD Spokesperson Lt. […]

Problems Arise as The Getty Attempts to Verify Antiquities

January 29, 2013


In a recent effort to become more transparent, the Getty is currently attempting to verify the origins of the antiquities within its broad collection. According to recent reports, the Getty hopes to not only verify some 45,000 items in its collection, but also create an online database to house their findings. Of the undertaking, Getty […]

Relics Endangered in Pakistani Police Raid

September 11, 2012


Last July, police in the Pakistani coastal village of Ibrahim Haideri confiscated a container holding tons of Buddha statues and other artifacts. After making the initial confiscation, a police raid at the Korangi turned up more relics, in total 395. Although the artifacts were removed from a fate of illicit export and trade, a recent […]

More (Allegedly) Stolen Art at Sotheby’s

August 24, 2012


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 […]

FBI Uses Ground Penetrating Radar to Search for Gardner Paintings

May 15, 2012


The FBI has obtained a permit to use ground penetrating radar to re-search the property of alleged mobster Robert Gentile. The 75-year-old has been held since February on federal drug and weapons charges. The warrant was issued on the premise that the FBI may find buried weapons, but Gentile’s lawyer, A. Ryan McGuigan, believes the […]

Serbian Police Locate Cezanne Stolen in Swiss Museum Raid

April 30, 2012


Local media has reported that Serbian police have located Cezanne’s Boy in the Red Vest, stolen in 2008 during a raid on a Swiss museum and valued at $109 million. Other works stolen in the raid were by Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas. The Serbian police are waiting until an expert can verify the authenticity […]

37 Stolen Paintings Recovered from 1971 Art Heist in Rome

April 2, 2012


One night in 1971, thieves snuck into an upper class home of a construction magnate in Rome and walked out with 42 rare paintings, including works by Van Dyck and Poussin. The police quickly lost any trail linking the crime to the culprits. Forty years later, the Italian police have recovered 11 of the stolen […]