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Art Theft

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

Kim Dramer | Posted 02.08.2016 | 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 10.19.2015 | 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 i...

The Constant Forger

Anthony Amore | Posted 08.21.2015 | 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 tran...

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."

Officials Say Stolen Picasso Painting Worth Millions Was Smuggled Into U.S. Under False 'Art Craft' Label

AP | Posted 02.26.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Pablo Picasso painting worth millions of dollars was stolen in France and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who fa...

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.

Famous Stolen Painting Recovered After Hanging On A Kitchen Wall For Years

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts

ROME (AP) — A Paul Gauguin still life stolen from a wealthy collector's home in Britain decades ago has been recovered after hanging for 40 years in...

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...

Jewish Group Demands Return Of All Nazi-looted Art

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 01.30.2014 | Arts

BERLIN (AP) — Germany must make a stronger effort to identify and return thousands of looted art pieces the Nazis took from Jews, the president of t...

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.

Damien Hirst Artworks Stolen From London Gallery

AP | Posted 12.11.2013 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — Two Damien Hirst artworks together valued at 33,000 pounds ($54,000) have been stolen from a London art gallery, police said Wednesday...

$32 Million Monet Painting Embroiled In International Conspiracy Case

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 10.17.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — A debt-ridden onetime aide to Imelda Marcos wrongly sold a hidden treasure: a $32 million Monet painting the former Phil...

$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 ...

Thieves Charged With Stealing Uncovered Paintings By Monet And Picasso Plead Guilty

AP | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts

BUCHAREST, Romania — Six Romanians charged with stealing paintings by Monet, Matisse and Picasso from a Dutch museum will plead guilty in hope o...

Art Theft Plagues Andes Because 'Terrible People Want To Own Beautiful Things'

AP | PAOLA FLORES and FRANK BAJAK | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion

LA PAZ, Bolivia — The thieves tunneled under the thick walls of the colonial-era Roman Catholic church in the tiny southern Bolivian town of San...

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. ...

Ash May Hold Stolen Art's Secret

AP | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts

BUCHAREST, Romania — A Romanian museum official says some of the paint pigments recovered from an oven of a woman whose son is charged with stea...

$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...

Art Heist Suspect's Mom Says She Didn't Burn Masterpieces After All

AP | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts

BUCHAREST, Romania -- The mother of a man charged with stealing works by Picasso, Monet and Matisse has apparently backtracked on a confession that sh...

Ashes In Romania Could Be Remains Of Art By Picasso, Matisse And More

AP | ALISON MUTLER | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts

BUCHAREST, Romania — A Romanian museum is analyzing ashes found in a stove to see if they are the remains of seven paintings by Picasso, Matisse...

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...

Man Accused Of Stealing Pablo Picasso Artwork

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A Pennsylvania man was being held on $1 million bond following his arrest in the theft of six artworks, including an etching by Pablo...

Macedonia Conducts Country-Wide Raid To Find Looters

AP | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts

SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonian police say they have carried out raids across the country and arrested 17 people, including two state museum employees...