Art theft

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Retrieved after decades: the painting supposedly ‘bought’ by the Nazis
A new book recounts one woman’s struggle to find looted art – and then convince a major museum to give it back

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

02, Jan, 2022 @7:15 AM

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Looted and left in an English garden, the goat goddess can return to India
The statue, once on sale at Sotheby’s, was recovered amid claims it was part of a precious trove of stolen artefacts

Dalya Alberge

04, Dec, 2021 @6:00 PM

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The artist, the mafia and the Italian job: is heist mystery about to be solved?
The theft of a vanload of Leon Kossoff’s work haunted the painter for 50 years. Now historians hope some might be recovered

Dalya Alberge

22, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Italian TV employees suspected of thieving dozens of works of art
‘Priceless’ pieces removed from Rai’s offices by employees and replaced with fakes, police believe

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

11, Jun, 2021 @2:49 PM

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Frenchwoman gives up legal fight for return of Nazi-looted Pissarro
Léone-Noëlle Meyer, 81, drops legal action against University of Oklahoma after being threatened with fines

Kim Willsher

01, Jun, 2021 @4:20 PM

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Plunder of Pompeii: how art police turned tide on tomb raiders
Looters have plundered Italy’s cultural sites for years, but a crackdown by the carabinieri’s art squad means recent trade has not been as fruitful

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

28, May, 2021 @1:00 PM

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‘We go after them like pitbulls’ – the art detective who hunts stolen Picassos and lost Matisses
Christopher Marinello has spent three decades finding missing masterpieces, recovering half a billion dollars’ worth of art. He talks about threats from mobsters, tricky negotiations – and bungling thieves

Alex Daniel

05, May, 2021 @11:18 AM

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Charley Hill obituary
Scotland Yard art detective and private investigator who recovered The Scream and other stolen masterpieces

Oliver Basciano

11, Mar, 2021 @2:17 PM

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'We want our riches back' – the African activist taking treasures from Europe's museums
Mwazulu Diyabanza has been fined and jailed for entering museums and forcibly removing ‘pillaged’ African artefacts. He tells our writer why the British Museum is now in his sights

Kim Willsher

07, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The gangster vanishes: twist in hunt for world’s largest haul of stolen art
Irish criminal disappears after leading BBC film crew to gang behind infamous Boston heist

Vanessa Thorpe

11, Oct, 2020 @10:30 AM

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Ancient sculpture put up for auction in UK to be returned to Iraq
Archaelogists say Sumerian plaque dating from around 2400BC may have been looted

Dalya Alberge

27, Sep, 2020 @2:14 PM

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The Duke review – art thief takes one for the common man
Roger Michell’s warm take on the true story of how Kempton Bunton acquired the National Gallery’s new Goya features a glorious performance by Jim Broadbent

Xan Brooks

04, Sep, 2020 @8:15 PM

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