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Thefts

German police arrest three suspects in Dresden jewel heist investigation

More than 1,600 police officers take part in raids in Berlin to solve violent theft from Dresden’s Green Vault

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Restitution

Police search for Benin Bronze protestor—found guilty of 'threatening behaviour'

Isaiah Ogundele, who demonstrated outside the Museum of London, Docklands for the objects' repatriation, failed to appear at his court hearing earlier this month

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Art crime

Man who punched £20m Picasso painting at Tate Modern is jailed for 18 months

Repairing the piece—on long-term loan from a private collection—will take more than a year and cost up to £350,000

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The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

Plus, art under threat in Putin's Russia and George Shaw on Thomas Jones. Produced in association with Christie's

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Crime

Teenager who threw boy from Tate Modern is given a life sentence with minimum term of 15 years

Jonty Bravery intended to kill, judge says

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Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

Plus, Laura Cumming on Breugel. Produced in association with Christie's

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Art theft

Birthday heist: Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum on anniversary of artist's birth

The Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands is currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

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Art theft

Three paintings—including valuable Van Dyck portrait—stolen from Oxford University gallery

London-based Old Masters dealer says that the works are “an unusual group to steal—neither priceless nor small fry”

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Crime

Released but still under investigation: Russian couple embroiled in fraud scandal

Igor and Olga Toporovsky linked to controversial show of Russian avant-garde works in Ghent

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Discoveries

Stolen 'Klimt' found hidden in a wall will take a month to authenticate, officials say

Gardener discovered the painting behind a metal plate on an exterior wall at Italy's Ricci Oddi gallery

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Forgeries

Bankrupt 'playboy' James Stunt attempted to borrow £40m against works of art claimed to be forgeries

The former husband of heiress Petra Ecclestone owes £5m in debt including an unpaid sum of £3.9m to Christie's

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Crime

Attempted robbery of Rembrandt paintings at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Theft of two paintings was thwarted thanks to gallery's security staff and systems

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Russia

Art trove belonging to Russian billionaire fugitive found hidden in village near Moscow

Investigators find paintings and rare books missing from private museum belonging to banker Alexei Ananyev accused of alleged financial crimes

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Art education

Brooklyn project waives court appearances for lawbreakers who agree to take art classes

District attorney says the initiative, which applies to minor nonviolent misdemeanors, promotes "human dignity"

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Art crime

Man who stole painting in broad daylight from Moscow museum is sentenced to three years in prison

Denis Chuprikov took the landscape from State Tretyakov Gallery with the aim of "causing hype", he says

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Exhibitions

Nate Lowman’s new works to focus on Las Vegas mass shooting

Series of paintings at David Zwirner London are based on crime scene images released by police

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Art fairs

Paris fair struggles to move on from forged furniture fiasco

Criminal investigation launched three years ago into Parisian dealers at La Biennale continues to diminish confidence in the event's integrity

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International

Photography collective takes a stand against wildlife crime

Internationally renowned photographers join forces to publish a crowdfunded book in English and Mandarin that raises awareness of China’s illegal trade in animals

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Collectors

Mystery of London dealer’s inflated invoices for world’s biggest collector, the head of Qatar's National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage

The Art Newspaper has obtained invoices sent by Oliver Hoare to Sheikh Saud Al-Thani of Qatar, who remains under arrest in Doha as authorities investigate alleged misuse of public funds

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Crime

Murdered muralist Héctor Domínguez honoured in Mexico

Suspicion aired that the 27-year-old artist may have been killed, along with his father and brother, because of his environmental activism

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Crime

A million Artsy user account details exposed in large-scale hack

Compromised data included account holders’ names and email and IP addresses

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Books

Witches, cannibals and murderers: the stories behind some of the Musée d’Orsay’s most violent works of art

In his new book The Orsay Murder Club, the art historian Christos Markogiannakis examines the horrors of the Paris museum’s collection

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Crime

Police arrest man after attempted theft of Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral

Incident is a further blow to English city following the novichok poisonings earlier this year

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Conservation & Preservation

Spain tells vandal to Kiss off after Santiago de Compostela statue defaced

Authorities vow to find rock fan who damaged Medieval statue

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Vandalism

List of 34,361 dead refugees and migrants goes back on show in Liverpool after being destroyed

Reasons and perpetrators behind the removal of the key biennial work remain unclear

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In the frame

Catnapped: abduction of moody moggie Begemot from Moscow museum sparks media frenzy

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Diary of an art historian

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

The art world has yet to tackle issues around works like Picasso’s $115m child-prostitute portrait

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Art crime

Full extent of burglary at Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art revealed

With the value of Chinese antiquities on the rise, police suspect the items removed were stolen to order

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Law

Art consultant pleads guilty to filing false tax return

Lacy Doyle hid millions of dollars in inheritance in a Swiss bank account, US Attorney says

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Sexual assault

Four women including arts and culture producer Tanya Selvaratnam accuse New York Attorney General of abuse

After denying the allegations, Eric Schneiderman resigned his post on Monday

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Top Italian museum director faces trial over gym visits

The director of the Galleria Borghese in Rome has been suspended without pay for leaving the office

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Ivory

Ivory-trade investigator Esmond Bradley Martin found murdered in Nairobi home

Former UN special envoy for rhino conservation was at the forefront of exposing scale of global black market for animal products

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Mark Rothko

Tate celebrates return of restored Rothko

The product of 9 months of restoration leaves no traces of graffiti ink

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Tate Britain

Art and the appetite for destruction: Histories of British Iconoclasm on now at Tate Britain

Tate Britain examines the history of those who have targeted art, from Henry VIII to the present

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Lawsuits

Swiss collector Stephan Schmidheiny sentenced to 18-year term

Schmidheiny is to appeal the verdict, citing the charges relating to asbestos manufacturing as 'absurd'

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Joan Miro

Miró on loan damaged at Tate Modern

The museum forked out £203,000 for repair and depreciation costs

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Mark Rothko

Rothko’s children condemn Tate vandalism

One of Tate Modern's Rothkos is defaced in the name of art

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Collectors

Collector Claude Dray shot dead in Paris

The body of the billionaire hotelier was discovered at his villa in Neuilly-sur-Seine

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Zahi Hawass

Return to power: Zahi Hawass reappointed

Hawass originally resigned due to accusations of illegal activities and military guard ceasing at archeological sites

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Leonardo da Vinci

Jury clears Britons of Da Vinci theft extortion

Three lawyers and two private detectives are now off the hook

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News

Warhol’s famous athlete portraits stolen from collector Richard Weisman's home

A $1m reward is being offered

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White Cube

Bullets over Basel: Loud noise resembling gunfire alarms dealers

Criminal activity was ruled out when the sound was found to be the result of something being accidentally knocked over

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Lawsuits

Collector and Madoff associate Ezra Merkin finds himself in court

He is accused of defrauding his investors, which include charities

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Censorship

Kulik images impounded as ‘pornography’ at Fiac

Russian gallery directors handcuffed by police, but case dropped

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Crime

Found: paintings from the collection of Brazilian money launderer

A Léger and a Basquiat belonging to Edemar Cid Ferreira have been identified

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Collectors

Russian art collector could face seven years in prison

Vladimir Nekrasov has been charged with corporate tax evasion

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Victoria & Albert Museum

John Linnell painting stolen in daylight robbery at the V&A

ary Doyle pleaded guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court

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Security

Security breaches at Tate, British Museum and Musée d’Orsay

A Monet suffered a 10cm tear from being punched

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Leonardo da Vinci

Buccleuch family Leonardo found

Ninth Duke did not live to see his painting returned

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News

Arrest warrant for Phoenix Ancient Art director

In 2004, Egypt sentenced Mr Aboutaam in absentia to 15 years’ imprisonment

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News

Accountant alleges major fraud at art school founded by Andy Warhol

Charges focus on former executive director of the New York Academy of Art

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Collectors

World’s biggest art collector is buying again

Sheikh Saud Al-Thani of Qatar has now been pardoned

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Moscow

Russian art dealers released after a year in jail without trial

Couple claim that forgery accusations were the result of a property deal gone sour

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Fakes & copies

Studies of the Vermeer forger Van Meegeren and 19th-century literary counterfeits

Confusing, criminal, but very virile

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Commercial galleries

Former fugitive opens decorative arts gallery

Roberto Polo, once the toast of Paris, returns in style

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Forgeries

Auction house faking incident spooks growing Hungarian art market

A leading collector believes many bogus works are circulating

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Art market

Warring New York dealers guilty of tax evasion

Court orders Helen Fioratti and James Sansum to repay huge sums

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Art market

Appeal over Peter Brant ownership of Warhol

Ms Lindholm has been attempting to regain Warhol's Red Elvis since 2000

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Art market

Court finds Peter Brant really does own Warhol’s Red Elvis

The decision ends a dispute that started in 2000

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Collectors

World’s biggest art collector under arrest in Qatar

Sheikh Saud Al-Thani is being investigated for alleged misuse of public funds

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Forgeries

Five men charged in Jerusalem forgery case

They stand accused of faking an inscription on an antiquity for financial gain

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Third theft at V&A forces closure of 38 rooms

In the latest incident, eight Italian Renaissance plaquettes worth £500,000 were taken

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Art theft

V&A appeals for help to find stolen jade

Missing objects valued at £60,000

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Crime

Over 30 Manhattan art collectors have come forward voluntarily to pay $6 million in unpaid State sales tax on works of art

NY District Attorney promises amnesty for those who come forward while corporate executive Samuel Waksal enters a guilty plea for tax evasion

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Looted art

Art dealer Adam Williams found guilty after 11 years of litigation

Williams will not appeal French court decision, citing health reasons

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J.M.W. Turner

Tate Turner thieves convicted

Unrecovered paintings stolen in Frankfurt, 1994.

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James McNeill Whistler

From the secret archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum: flinging more than a paint pot

The opening of a file on James McNeill Whistler, embargoed for a century, reveals him to have been a violent brawler, a racist and a gun-runner

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Auctions

Cutting-edge art forced onto the block to repay foundation as owner, Nadal-Ginard, languishes in jail

The secret behind Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in New York, 6 May.

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March 1994

Master faker Alfred André's cache of evidence revealed

“Renaissance” jewels in the National Gallery of Art are by the hitherto unknown faker

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Miniature altar destroyed by thieves at the V&A

Grab and smash operation on 11 November

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Art theft

Pork-trading, Bob-Marley fan caught red-handed with stolen Italian masterpieces

The reluctant collector: “The ugliest things I ever did see....only good for chasing away ghosts”