30 January 2017

Stolen Modigliani – Spider Man Thief Vjeran Tomic Goes On Trial

The trial of the art thief known as ‘Spider-Man’ has begun in Paris. The 2010 burglary at the Musee d’Art Moderne included masterpieces by Modigliani, Picasso, Braque and Matisse.

9 February 2015


Alfred Morris Momaday Artwork Worth $33,000 Discovered In US Police Sweep

A police officer searching a former meth lab in Albuquerque, New Mexico has discovered an illicit trove of artwork by the late Native American artist Alfred Morris Momaday. The find that was worth $33,000 or approximately £22,000 and was probably stolen, authorities believe. The valuable prints were found last week during a protective sweep of […]

18 January 2015


Art Recovery Group Launches Database For Lost Stolen And Disputed Artworks

The Art Recovery Group will launch a new searchable resource for lost, stolen and disputed works of art and cultural heritage in London on Monday 19 January 2014. After 12 months of development in consultation with art market, law enforcement and insurance professionals. In response to their needs, the Database offers new ways of identifying […]

4 November 2014


German Government To Create Department To Hunt For Stolen Nazi Art

The German Government has approved funds for a center to search for and return art looted by the Nazis. The culture minister Monika Grütters has laid out the government’s intentions, stating that ‘Germany has a responsibility to find works stolen from across Europe during the 1930s and 1940s’. Grütters pointed out that the public outcry […]

22 October 2014


Louvre Recovers Painting Stolen In WWII

More than six decades ago, during World War II, a painting of French King Henri III (1551–89) was stolen from the Louvre museum in Paris. Now after the lengthy period of time; the work will finally be returned to the museum, after a vigilant curator noticed that it was set to be auctioned in Paris […]

29 August 2014


Jasper Johns Former Studio Assistant Pleads Guilty To Art Theft

Jasper Johns’ former studio assistant of 27 years has pleaded guilty stealing and selling works of art by the artist in a multimillion-dollar theft case. James Meyer, 51 of Salisbury, Connecticut, allegedly took 22 pieces of art worth $6.5m (£3.9m) from a studio plans chest drawer. He was employed as an assistant at Johns’ Sharon, […]

27 September 2012


Hunt for Stolen Millions In Art Continues in California

Last week several important pieces of blue chip art valued at over 10 million dollars were stolen from a house in Santa Monica California. The collection belonged to Jeffrey Gundlach, the Chief Executive Officer of Doubleline Capital LP. Three major pieces including paintings by Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly and a Piet Mondrian were taken along […]

2 August 2012


Stolen Lichtenstein Painting Worth Four Million Discovered In Warehouse

A painting by the American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein that was lost 42 years ago has reappeared in a New York City warehouse. Lawyers for Barbara Castelli, who inherited the gallery after her husband’s death in 1999, say the painting is worth $4 (£2.57m). A judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring the artwork […]

20 March 2012


French Aristocrats Could Be Hoarding Nazi Looted Monet

One of France’s wealthiest families accuses another of withholding info on Monet painting stolen by Nazi’s The painting originally belonged to the Heilbronn family before it was taken in 1941 during a Gestapo raid on a family’s bank vault. And now the Heilbronn family allege that the Wildenstein family, an international dynasty of French art […]

8 November 2011


French Hold UK Gallery Hostage For Stolen Painting

French government places an export ban on ‘stolen’ 17th Century painting being displayed at a French art fair by London’s Weiss gallery The Carrying of the Cross by the French master Nicolas Tournier had been bought last year for 400,000 euros by the Weiss Gallery, and had been transported to France to be displayed in […]