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Roman Bust Stolen from Church in Spain Resurfaces

July 29, 2013


The Art Newspaper reports — A fourth century bust of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, stolen from a small church in the north west of Spain, has been recovered by the Guardia Civil, Spain’s national police force has announced. Six people have been detained after an operation that focused on Seville in the south. Climbing […]

ARCA 2013 Annual Conference in Italy

May 23, 2013


The Association for Research into Crimes Against Art will sponsor and host the Fifth Annual Art & Heritage Conference in lovely Amelia, Italy, from June 21-23, 2013. Presenters range from the Senior Inspector of the Hong Kong Police Force to the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office for the […]

Honduras to Enact Minimum Sentences for Cultural Heritage Crimes

February 4, 2013


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 […]

Smuggled Tyrannosaurus Skeleton at Auction

January 2, 2013


Described as “a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton” that “ruled the food chain of the ancient food plains that are today’s Gobi Desert,” an Asian dinosaur skeleton recently sold for over $1 million at Heritage Actions last May. Now, The New York Times reports that the man who shipped the skeleton into the United States has admitted […]

Egyptian Authorities Thwart Smuggling Attempts

October 11, 2012


Earlier this week, the Egyptian authorities were pleased to report that they had thwarted two separate attempts  by Egyptian citizens to smuggle 19th century antiquities out of the country. According to recent reports, both arrests occurred at the Cairo Airport, and were made by Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Police. Between the two thwarted attempts, authorities […]

Smuggling in Pakistan Out of Control

October 10, 2012


Like many other source nations, Pakistan lacks the financial means to protect it’s rich cultural heritage. Criminal excavators have caused the flow of millions of dollars worth of ancient Buddhist artifacts out of northwest Pakistan and into the hands of collectors worldwide. As CBS news has recently reported, Pakistan is struggling to put a stop […]

Nepalese Gang Busted for Trafficking Antique Bronze Buddha

October 5, 2012


As reported in The Himalayan Times, the Nepal Police have arrested five persons involved in the attempted sale of an antique bronze Buddha idol. The five arrested — Dawa Lama, Uttam Kumar Rai, Dai Bahadur Rai, Santosh Rai, and Krishna Khatri — are believed to belong to a gang. Authorities found the gang in a […]

ARCA Masters Program in International Art Crime Accepting Applications for 2013

September 17, 2012


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


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 […]

Guest Post: Beware of the Darker Side of Art Financing

August 9, 2012


This guest post was submitted by Karl Stockton, writer for Sterns & Walker, an aviation law firm. Seems like he’s arguing that the standard risks of financing are exacerbated by the relative uncertainty of art valuation. What do you think? You walk into a gallery or auction house. You eye a certain piece; consider the […]