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Detroit Aims to Protect Art from Bankruptcy

October 30, 2013


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 […]

More Charges Possible in Knoedler Case

October 23, 2013


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 […]

Nineteen Arrested After Break-ins Targeting Chinese Artifacts

October 16, 2013


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. […]

Obama Urged to Protect Syrian Cultural Heritage

October 9, 2013


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 […]

Suspect Admits Egyptian Antiquities Had False Provenance

October 2, 2013


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 […]

Golden Treasure Discovered in Jerusalem

September 25, 2013


Barely several centimeters below modern debris, Dr. Eilat Mazer made made what he referred to as a “once in a lifetime” discovery. Mazer unearthed a hoard of gold and silver treasure, which included gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion engraved with the menorah symbol. The fascinating discovery was made during a […]

EU Strengthens Efforts to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Cyprus

September 18, 2013


The European Union has recently strengthened its efforts to preserve Cyprus’ cultural heritage. The renewed efforts include a large monetary contribution that will help support the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural heritage. Pleased with the announcement, Commissioner Vassiliou stated, “Cyprus is an island with an incomparable wealth of cultural heritage, but many sites have unfortunately […]

National Committees Seek to Strengthen Humanitarian Law

September 11, 2013


The International Committee of the Red Cross (“ICRC”) recently inaugurated its second conference of national committees in San Jose, Costa Rica. The purpose of the committee is to implement the international humanitarian law of the Americas. As ICRC legal advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean Patrick Zahnd explains, “The conference is a unique forum […]

Arrested Auctioneer Calls Accusations Absurd

September 4, 2013


Munich auctioneer Herbert Schauer has recently been arrested over allegations of antique book theft in Naples. Authorities believe that the stolen books have since been sold in London, New York, Munich, Tokyo, and even Argentina. After the theft was linked to Munich auction house Zisska & Schauer, Schauer was extradited to Italy and arrested. The […]

Prominent Art Dealer Assists Authorities in Return for Bail

August 14, 2013


Until recently, authorities held prominent art dealer Glafira Rosales without bail as a flight risk after she was charged with tax evasion and money laundering. The charges stemmed from her alleged million dollar sales of art forgeries. Rosales was released on bail following the filing of a criminal indictment that contained details that could have […]