Britain’s leading “art detective” has been accused of running mistresses on expenses while court documents have shone a light on an industry where payments have allegedly been made to police officers to “oil the wheels” of painting recovery.
For two decades Julian Radcliffe, an Old Etonian who controls one of the most comprehensive databases of stolen art, has criss-crossed the globe tracing treasures on behalf of the rightful owners.
Court documents shed light on this shadowy unregulated world: an industry in which criminals may be paid indirectly from insurers and the rightful owners to return the paintings that they stole.
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