Art theft

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Fears looted Nazi art still hanging in European galleries
Leading art museums are reassessing their works after a Belgian journalist traced how a fascist sympathiser acquired a Jewish dealer’s collection

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

20, May, 2023 @12:38 PM

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Van Gogh painting on display at Detroit Institute of Art is stolen, lawsuit claims
Brazilian art collector says he paid $3.7m for the 1888 oil called The Novel Reader, when a third party took possession of it

Maya Yang

13, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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‘It’s about ethics’: Nigeria urges British Museum to follow US and repatriate bronzes
Culture minister says UK institution ‘should learn from what has happened’ as Smithsonian returns 29 Benin artefacts

David Smith in Washington

11, Oct, 2022 @8:19 PM

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Brazilian police find stolen painting worth almost £50m under bed
Artwork found in police raid on home of alleged con artist involved in heist built around bogus predictions of phoney clairvoyant

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

10, Aug, 2022 @4:56 PM

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Specialist gang ‘targeting’ Ukrainian treasures for removal to Russia
International academics and digital imaging experts have spotted a pattern in the theft of high-value artefacts

Vanessa Thorpe

12, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Fresco fragment from Pompeii reopens row over ‘looted’ artefacts
Expert says the rare piece in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is linked to a dealer accused of trafficking antiquities

Dalya Alberge

20, Mar, 2022 @7:30 AM

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Final piece of 17th-century tapestry stolen 42 years ago found by Spanish police
Flemish work taken by notorious art thief ‘Erik the Belgian’ tracked down by officer doing academic research study on art thefts

Sam Jones in Madrid

21, Feb, 2022 @1:33 PM

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‘Justice can triumph’: painting looted by Nazis returned to owners after 80 years
Piece by German artist Lovis Corinth was entrusted to Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

10, Feb, 2022 @6:51 PM

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‘Huge mess of theft and fraud:’ artists sound alarm as NFT crime proliferates
The digital marketplace for NFTs grew to an estimated $22bn last year but companies face challenges monitoring stolen art

Lois Beckett in Los Angeles

29, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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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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