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Art Theft

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...

Break-In At The National Museum Of Ireland

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts

DUBLIN — Masked men stole stuffed rhinoceros heads containing eight valuable horns from the warehouse of Ireland's National Museum, police and m...

Florida Art Heist Revisited 44 Years Later

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 05.29.2013 | Arts

SARASOTA, Fla. — On an April evening nearly 44 years ago, just days after Easter Sunday, someone slipped into a museum in Sarasota and stole 15 ...

The Most Famous Art Thefts

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts

BOSTON — Authorities announced this week that they believe they know who stole 13 pieces of artwork worth as much as $500 million from Boston's ...

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 ...

Another Suspect Arrested In Dutch Art Heist Investigation

AP | DAVID RISING and TOBY STERLING | Posted 05.14.2013 | Arts

AMSTERDAM — German prosecutors said Thursday they arrested a man after he allegedly tried to sell seven paintings taken in a Netherlands heist, ...

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...

Will The Rotterdam Art Thieves Be Charged?

AP | Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts

BUCHAREST, Romania -- A lawyer for three Romanians accused of stealing valuable paintings from a museum in the Netherlands insisted Friday there was...