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Who’s Afraid of Julian Radcliffe?

Alessandra Massameno 14/01/2018A word to the wise: You should be afraid of Julian Radcliffe; if not by name, then by title of his organization, the Art Loss Register. The concept is innocent enough, if not noble—ALR is a database of lost and stolen artifacts whose purpose is to return...[Read More]
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Mould teaches people how to scrub

AAD REPORTS 17/11/2017Mould instructional video on how to apply zip strip onto a painting then scrub horrifies conservators around the world. "The thing that was so terribly disturbing about that video is the guy starts right on the face of the sitter. When I saw this...[Read More]
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Suitcase containing £1m of gems stolen on London...

AAD REPORTS 13/11/2017A jewellery dealer had a suitcase containing £1 million worth of gems stolen from him on a train in London. British Transport Police are investigating the theft from the 35-year-old which happened on Wednesday at around 6.30pm. The dealer told officers...[Read More]
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The Environmental Investigation Agency Have Some...

Elliot Lee 09/11/2017With the Government’s Ivory ban consultation currently in full swing, and no reply yet from the Right Hon. Michael Gove’s office as per our request for an interview on the subject, it makes sense to surf the net and see what’s being said and what’s being...[Read More]
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Looted painting in US hands ordered back to French...

AAD REPORTS 07/11/2017 PARIS (AP) — A Paris court has ordered an American couple to return a valuable Camille Pissarro painting looted during World War II to the descendants of a French family who owned it at the time. U.S. citizens Bruce and Robbi Toll had loaned the...[Read More]
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Galleries Hit By Cyber Crime Wave

AAD REPORTS 31/10/2017Hackers are stealing large sums of money from art galleries and their clients using a straightforward email deception. The Art Newspaper has so far identified nine galleries or individuals targeted by this scam. They include Hauser & Wirth, the...[Read More]
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Ancient Limestone Relief Seized at TEFAF

AAD REPORTS 29/10/2017The European Fine Art Fair at the Park Avenue Armory is an elegant event during which wealthy collectors browse through booths of stunning art pieces, from ancient sculptures to works by early 20th-century masters. So it raised a few eyebrows on Friday...[Read More]
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Agents Break Up A Ring of Art Thieves, And Bring A...

AAD REPORTS 22/10/2017MONTERODUNI, Italy — The recent return to Monteroduni of a 16th-century statue of the archangel Michael — stolen by thieves some 20 months earlier — was a heartfelt affair. A marching band led a procession through the narrow streets of the town, in the...[Read More]
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Looted antiquities allegedly on sale at London Frieze...

AAD REPORTS 22/10/2017Distasteful and nebulous payments to criminals, and now this? Art loss register fail and have to backtrack, yet again. Disgusting.   Ancient Greek vases identified as having once been in possession of convicted dealer Gianfranco Becchina A view...[Read More]
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You Couldn't Make It Up: Putin Personally Invites...

AAD REPORTS 21/10/2017They can't ban Blatter from attending games as somebody's guest, however, clearly Putin paid off Blatter et al. So, Platini must be there, perhaps it is the only place where Michel may display his apparent Picasso acumen. Disgraced former FIFA...[Read More]
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Rebekah Jacob Gallery Legal resume, aka Charleston...

AAD REPORTS 08/09/2017Somebody has been busy. Data courtesy AAD's new legal research arm. Jacob, Rebekah Defendant 2013CP1000743 02/06/2013 Referred To...[Read More]
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Disgraced Dealer Rebekah Jacob Now Held Out in...

AAD REPORTS 07/09/2017Suspiciously sunning herself in a hurricane pass, Becka Jacob upon further reflection now finds herself in a jurisdiction where Uncle Sam and the long arm of the law matters not. Cuba has a rich history of sheltering felonious fugitives from American...[Read More]
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Disgraced Charleston Dealer On The Run? Come And Get...

AAD REPORTS 05/09/2017Perhaps the multiple court appointments wearied the disgraced Charleston art dealer, so it appears in search of sunnier climes she skipped town and headed south of the border.  To read yesterday's publication on Rebekah Jacob's interesting...[Read More]
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Stubborn Stand-off Over Stolen Gardner Museum Art

AAD REPORTS 05/09/2017The end may be near in the long, strange standoff between geriatric Hartford gangster Robert "The Cook" Gentile and the investigators who suspect he is concealing information about history's richest art theft, the heist a quarter century ago of...[Read More]
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Jewel thieves strike store near Buffalo in...

AAD REPORTS 22/08/2017Editor's note: It must be summer because that is the only time rural upstate New York ever gets in the news. Jewelry thieves strike near Buffalo, NY. in the backyard of the once formidable Stefano Magaddino Crime family, a heist happened of the sort not...[Read More]
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West Virginia Man Indicted on Fraud Charges Tied to...

AAD REPORTS 22/07/2017Defendant Tried to Fraudulently Obtain $5 million for Stolen Artwork That He Did Not Possess  BOSTON – A Beckley, W.Va. man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Boston in connection with his scheme to sell paintings stolen from the...[Read More]
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Patriots owner tells story of how Putin ‘took’ his...

AAD REPORTS 25/06/2017Putin shows more the brazen instincts of a thief. New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft didn’t really want to discuss the infamous Super Bowl ring appropriation by Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of a Q&A with WPP Chief Executive Martin...[Read More]
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Museum Increases Reward in Art Theft

AAD REPORTS 25/05/2017  The board of trustees of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston has doubled the reward to $10 million for the recovery of 13 masterpieces stolen nearly three decades ago in the largest art heist in American history, the museum said...[Read More]
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The Brigham Young Masterlist Of Stolen Art Works.

Robert Alexander Boyle 15/05/2017A masterlist of the works stolen from Brigham Young University was published in the late 1980's, but this recently has been digitized, a result of hopes buoyed by the return of the J. Alden Weir still life painting, once in the hands of the Thyssen...[Read More]
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Silver Chalice With Roses

Arnold Lemmon 09/05/2017Silver Chalice With Roses, Julian Alden Weir When American Impressionist, J. Alden Weir first met Anna Dewight Baker, he noticed her fondness for flowers, and while courting her sent her daily a fresh bunch of violets. The artist would associate Anna...[Read More]
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Ghosts of Christie's Past

AAD REPORTS 04/05/2017 A Long Forgotten Sale Becomes News Again Allegations Made of Stasi Consignments  Why Did Davidge Walk Scott Free into Retirement? 3B. The Extra National Origin Doo Hickey (*) Identifies Certain Lots Not From The...[Read More]
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Stolen Lindauer Paintings: Pictures of Suspects...

AAD REPORTS 05/04/2017Images have been released showing the suspects believed to have stolen two iconic Māori paintings in Auckland over the weekend. CCTV footage captured two men, believed to be between their 20s and 30s, wearing bandanas, black gloves and dark...[Read More]
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Fat Boy Finally Comes Home

AAD REPORTS 01/04/2017Fat boy finally comes home. The F.B.I. works a miracle in recovering a stolen Norman Rockwell painting.   PHILADELPHIA — No matter where the Grant family lived, the Norman Rockwell painting of a chubby boy resting against a tree had always been...[Read More]
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Art Dispute Paints a Murky Picture

AAD REPORTS 23/03/2017Britain’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...[Read More]
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Inside The Mind Of A Professional Jewelry Thief: A...

Dr Fungi 19/03/2017De les dossiers de criminalité organisée: My forte is stealing jewelry, although I put my fingers in almost every illegal enterprise I came across. You will notice however throughout this book that only a few jewelry scores are mentioned....[Read More]
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Six Theories Behind The Stolen Gardner Museum...

AAD REPORTS 19/03/2017   Twenty-seven years after two thieves disguised as police officers talked their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the guards and fled with masterpieces worth an estimated $500 milion, it remains the world’s largest art...[Read More]
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3 men convicted in $110 million Paris modern art...

AAD REPORTS 21/02/2017Sleazy Euros found guilty of being thieving Euros. PARIS (AP) — An agile thief nicknamed "Spiderman," an antiques dealer and an art expert were sentenced to prison Monday and ordered to pay Paris for stealing five masterpieces from the city's...[Read More]
stolen-charles-darwin-letter-recoveredArt Theft

F.B.I. Returns Stolen Charles Darwin Letter To...

AAD REPORTS 19/02/2017The letter, penned by the renowned naturalist and geologist in 1875, was stolen from the Smithsonian more than three decades ago. It was recently recovered by the FBI following a public tip regarding the letter’s whereabouts. Assistant Director in...[Read More]
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London church to be reunited with stolen 16th-century...

AAD REPORTS 22/12/2016A historic church in the City of London is to be reunited with a magnificent 16th-century carving that was stolen from it decades ago. St Katharine Cree church in Leadenhall Street is a survivor of both the Great Fire of 1666 and the second world war...[Read More]
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Die Otto-Krebs-Sammlung: Kriegsbeute oder...

AAD REPORTS 17/10/2016Das warme Wetter des Frühlings 1945 bescherte den alliierten Armeen bessere Bedingungen im Wettlauf zur letzten Schanze des Nazireichs. Der tollwütige Wolf Nazideutschlands würde endlich den Gnadenstoß erhalten, die Frage war nur,...[Read More]
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Dutch City Celebrates as Stolen Masterpieces Return...

AAD REPORTS 08/10/2016Stolen masterpieces   On the night of January 9 2005, 24 paintings and 70 pieces of silverware, the heart of the 17th and 18th century collection, were stolen from the Westfries Museum during a burglary. For years the city of Hoorn had been hoping...[Read More]
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Suspect in Gardner Art Theft had his Sentence Reduced,...

AAD REPORTS 01/10/2016The government secretly reduced the prison term of a longtime suspect in the 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum several years ago, raising questions about whether he agreed to help authorities recover the $500 million worth of stolen...[Read More]
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Lost Paintings...

Robert Alexander Boyle 19/09/2016Forgotten in the hubub of the Gardner Heist, is what these paintings actallly look like. Decades later we appear no closer to the recovery of these lost masterpieces, and before amnesia sets in (omerta achieved) and we truly forget what was taken, aside...[Read More]
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Bobby DeLuca goes Canary on "Cadillac Frank"...

AAD REPORTS 10/09/2016Former New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme was placed in the federal witness protection program a decade ago after testifying against a corrupt ex-FBI agent, but refused to give up information about a half-dozen murders in...[Read More]
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BREAKING NEWS: Former Mafia boss ‘Cadillac Frank’ held...

AAD REPORTS 13/08/2016   He left his life as a Mafia don decades ago, disappeared into the federal witness protection program, and was living quietly in Atlanta as Richard Parker, an unassuming octogenarian who loved to read and exercise. But Francis “Cadillac...[Read More]
the-rabbi-jewelry-score-inside-the-mind-of-a-professional-jewelry-thiefArt Theft

The Rabbi Jewelry Score: Inside The Mind Of A...

Dr Fungi 08/05/2016De les dossiers de criminalité organisée: Most of the jewelers in the Diamond Center (47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue) are all Hasidic Jews, or Hasidem. I personally respect all religions; however, although I deeply respect...[Read More]
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While we wait for the Picasso yet to be revealed,...

AAD REPORTS 22/02/2016It’s safe to say that there are going to be further arrests at the forthcoming conference at FIFA this week, since at every other meeting they’ve had, the F.B.I. showed up as uninvited guests. In the meantime, a reminder of a previous...[Read More]
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Stolen Maufra Painting Recovered in Connecticut

AAD REPORTS 31/12/2015In the summer of 2015, Le Sacré Coeur au Printemps by Maxime Emile Louis Maufra was stolen from a home in Salisbury, Connecticut. Within months, the painting was discovered being offered for sale at Fairfield Auction, just 65 miles away. Whilst...[Read More]
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New York Times Stasi Article Re-Visited

Tom Mashberg 01/10/2015In his fine piece from Jan. 17 (click here to read), our colleague Alex Boyle introduces AAD readers to one of the least known but most prolific art plunderers of the 20th century: Alexander Schalck-Golodkowski, a one-time colonel in East Germany’s...[Read More]
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Otto Krebs Collection: Spoils of War or Plunder in...

AAD REPORTS 20/09/2015Spring 1945 brought warm weather to the allied armies providing surer traction in the foot race to the last redoubt of the Nazi Reich. The rabid wolf of the Nazis was about to get put down, the question was, by who? To the east lay the massive Soviet...[Read More]
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Curious Case of Spanish Gold & How It Presaged...

AAD REPORTS 22/08/2015 Spanish Civil War 1936-1938, most know of the battle between the socialist Republic and the nationalists under General Francisco Franco. A violent prequel to World War Two it saw future adversaries of communism and fascism meet on the battlefield with...[Read More]
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Supermarket of Swag Revealed at Last: The Stasi...

AAD REPORTS 15/08/2015Readers of AAD know of our research into the story of the Stasi, a rapacious secret police of the defunct East German regime whose manipulation of the art trade at the expense of its law abiding citizens was used to further the dark aims of a darker...[Read More]
stasi-warehouse-of-muhlenbeck-3Art Theft

Supermarket of Swag Revealed at Last: The Stasi...

Elliot Lee 15/08/2015Readers of AAD know of our research into the story of the Stasi, a rapacious secret police of the defunct East German regime whose manipulation of the art trade at the expense of its law abiding citizens was used to further the dark aims of a darker...[Read More]
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There’s no crime in Switzerland? That’s what you are...

Elliot Lee 26/06/2015Morgenstimmung am Rhein in Basel - Image courtesy Basel Tourismus For the first time, we visited BASEL this year for the Art Fairs, and no doubt about it, Art | Basel has to be one of, if not, the best Art Fair we’ve ever experienced. Every detail...[Read More]

Hatton Garden Heist :: Update

AAD REPORTS 14/04/2015Image Courtesy :: The Metropolitan Police   Officers investigating the theft of items from a number of safety deposit boxes at a business in Hatton Garden have released CCTV stills from the robbery to trace the suspects involved. Detective Chief...[Read More]
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London's Great Easter Jewelry Heist

Elliot Lee 12/04/2015Bang! smash, the clatter of alarms, hundreds of police descend on Hatton Garden, within 5 minutes of the alarm being tripped…Well, that was what should have happened. Instead, we get a single copper looking through a window, and deciding not to...[Read More]
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Who Did The Gardner Heist & Did The Canary Finally...

Robert Alexander Boyle 22/03/2015Police Sketches of Gardner Heist Robbers In 1998 a number of people were arrested for conspiring to rob on an armored vehicle in the suburbs of Boston. In 2002 a judge hammered each of the defendants with 40 years behind bars for a job they never got a...[Read More]

Hathaway Heist :: Update

Elliot Lee 18/11/2014Time to fact check the Hathaway Heist Part Two (click here to read). So, I called the Chairman at Freeman's Auctioneers. I spoke with Samuel 'Beau' Freeman the 2nd. I asked him if he'd managed to find the time to read the Hathaway Heist Part Two, and if...[Read More]
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Geheime Verschlußsache : Secret & Confidential...

AAD REPORTS 15/08/2014Readers of AAD know of our research into the story of the Stasi, a rapacious secret police of the defunct East German regime whose manipulation of the art trade at the expense of its law abiding citizens was used to further the dark aims of a darker...[Read More]
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News: Rosales Pleads Guilty In Knoedler Forgery...

Elliot Lee 17/09/2013ROSALES, 57, of Sands Point, New York, pled guilty to nine counts, including: one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one count of money laundering, each of which...[Read More]