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Art Theft

Everyone Can Help Crack The Biggest Unsolved Art Heist In U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.18.2016 | Arts

"This is a robbery, gentlemen," one of two thieves allegedly told the pair of young security guards patrolling Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museu...

The China Collectors: A Tale of Art, Passion & Politics

Kim Dramer | Posted 02.08.2017 | Books
Kim Dramer

Meyer and Brysac do a masterful job of contextualizing the frenzied collecting of Chinese art by Americans into the political, historical and social landscapes of the times. Like a story by Edith Wharton, it's a tale of intrigue, manners and colorful personalities.

Artists Need to Protect Their Work From Theft

Daniel Grant | Posted 10.19.2016 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Purchasing insurance for one's own artwork tends to be an investment few artists make.

All The Evidence That Picasso Actually Stole The 'Mona Lisa'

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts

In the early morning of Monday, Aug. 21, 1911, the world's most what is now the world's most famous painting, the "Mona Lisa," was stolen from its gla...

The Constant Forger

Anthony Amore | Posted 08.21.2016 | Arts
Anthony Amore

If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, then Vettriano should be quite pleased, as should dozens of other artists -- even amateurs like Sir Winston Churchill -- because Henty has made a career out of selling fakes of their works.

Chinese Man Admits To Stealing 140 Paintings And Replacing Them With His Own Art

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

An expert shows the painting "Children Playing under a Pomegranate Tree" by Chinese artist Zhang Daqian. The stolen works mentioned in the court trans...

The Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu

Niranjan Kunwar | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Niranjan Kunwar

Apart from the geographic information and aesthetic pleasure offered by this exhibition, one can't help taking a socio-political stance. In her vision statement, Davis states that "the project contributes to dialogue about the international art trade...[it] provides a forum for acknowledging losses of Nepal's deities and exchanges ideas on preserving what remains."

What Happens When an Artist's Own Work Is Stolen

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.14.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Purchasing insurance for one's own artwork tends to be an investment few artists make.

5 Craziest Crimes Of The Week

Newser | Posted 03.14.2014 | Crime

A rare art theft in Cuba and a pair of animal-cruelty cases are on the list. Check out what else made the cut for the wackiest and most bizarre crimes...

Proof of Ancient Aliens in the National Museum of Iraq?

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.30.2014 | Arts
Paula Froelich

One of the most amazing, inspiring museums a lot of people will (sadly) never get to visit is the National Museum Of Iraq in Baghdad.

$1 Million Norman Rockwell Painting Stolen From NYC Storage Unit

Posted 10.10.2013 | Arts

A $1 million Norman Rockwell painting has been stolen from a storage unit in New York City, police reported this week. According to CBS News, the ...

This Art Thief Has Excellent Taste In Tacos

Posted 08.13.2013 | Los Angeles

Beloved taqueria Guisados in Echo Park is appealing to its customers on Facebook to help find a thief that walked away with the restaurant's art. ...

$5 Million Dollar Art Heist Stumps Police

Posted 08.07.2013 | Arts

If you've ever dreamed of being a vigilante art sleuth, now is your chance. Detectives are enlisting the public for help in the search for art thi...

The Largest Picasso Heist In History?

Posted 07.15.2013 | Arts

Catherine Hutin-Blay -- better known as the stepdaughter of Pablo Picasso -- is embroiled in what appears to be one of the most absurd art heists we'v...

FBI Announces New Info On 23rd Anniversary Of $500 Million Art Heist

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.19.2013 | Arts

Nearly twenty five years after one of the world's most expensive art heists the FBI has announced that they have identified the individuals who stole ...

World's Earliest Figurative Sculpture Found, And More Arts News...

Posted 02.01.2013 | Arts

World's Earliest Figurative Sculpture Turns Out To Be Adorable: A "lion man" carved from mammoth ivory is being removed from the British Museum's "Ic...

Three Arrested For Giant Rotterdam Art Heist

Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts

Three suspects were arrested in Romania on Tuesday for the massive art heist Kunsthal gallery last October, called "every museum director's worst nigh...

The Murky Underworld Of Stolen Art

Posted 02.21.2013 | Arts

Spectacular art heists may be imbued with a mythological, almost romantic status, but the underworld reality is far murkier. It was just after 2am ...

Thieves Steal $770K Sculpture And Sell It For $74

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts

Two men who stole a Henry Moore sculpture worth $770,000 earlier this year recently confessed to selling the work of art to a UK scrapyard. The unwitt...

Stolen Paintings Found In A Cemetery 700 Miles Away From Museum

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 11.14.2012 | Arts

Four paintings stolen by a trio of brazen thieves out of a museum in the South African capital city Pretoria Sunday were found today in a private ceme...

Art Heist On The Water

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts

A cruise ship vacationer has admitted this week to stealing a copy of a famous oil painting by Rembrandt while aboard a Bermuda-bound liner, reports T...

$200,000 Reward Offered For The Return Of This Art

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.01.2012 | Los Angeles

Thieves stole an estimated $20 million in assets from the Santa Monica home of Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital LP last week. Gundlach is n...

Thieves Nab Whopping $300K Worth Of Kinkade Art

Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts

Art thieves in Fresno, California unsuspectingly stumbled upon a Thomas Kinkade goldmine when they broke into a former shop owners's property on Tuesd...

Thief Steals Paintings, Can't Remember Why

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.16.2012 | Arts

It's the oldest criminal defense in the book, heard in courtrooms and on soap operas the world over: the old "I don't remember doing it" defense. W...

Major Art Galleries Caught In Trafficking Scandal

Posted 08.03.2012 | Arts

The National Gallery of Australia is one of 18 major art institutions around the world that have found themselves embroiled in an international art sm...