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Stolen Art Returned to Owner Despite ‘Finders Keepers’ Defense

Six paintings that were stolen from a storage unit in the Toronto area are now back in the hands of their owner, the latest recovery from a business that says it has returned stolen works of art that are worth …

Dutch Art Sleuth Recovers Picasso Stolen 20 Years Ago

About the photo: This image released on Tuesday shows Dutch art detective Arthur Brand with “Buste de Femme”, a recovered Picasso painting. (Arthur Brand via AP) AMSTERDAM — A Dutch art detective said Tuesday that he has recovered a valuable …

Very Few Pros to Stealing Fine Art

Ten days ago, a Banksy print valued at about $40,000 was stolen from a Canadian exhibit of the artist’s work. It was a seemingly effortless crime—a man walked in, took the work off the wall, and walked out—but then, most …

Stolen Maufra Painting Recovered in Connecticut

In 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. …

What Happens to Stolen Art After a Heist?

Last month, administrators at the Boston Public Library discovered that a $600,000 engraving by Dürer and a $30,000 etching by Rembrandt had gone missing. It set off a media firestorm, the director of the museum resigned, and then … a …

Lost & Found: The Recovery of Stolen Art

As long as art and artifacts have been viewed as precious, beautiful and valuable, there have been people willing to take risks to steal it for themselves or others. In recent years, these robberies are making headlines. One of the …

Romania Picasso Thief Claims Stolen Art May Have Been Fakes

The accused ringleader of Romanian thieves who stole seven works by artists including Picasso and Matisse claims they may have been fakes and he fell victim to a set-up aimed at pocketing the insurance money, his lawyer said. Radu Dogaru, …

New York Artists’ Former Assistant Charged With Fraud

A former assistant to Jasper Johns has been charged with selling 22 works he allegedly stole from the artist’s U.S. studio. The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office announced the indictment against James Meyer on Thursday. He’s charged with interstate transportation of …

Romanian Museum Officials Seeking Stolen Art Find Paint in Ashes

It may be a case of art to ashes – and scientists are trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. A Romanian museum official said Wednesday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged …

A Look at Some Major Art Thefts in Recent Years

A look at some of the biggest art thefts in recent times: _October 2012: Thieves broke into the Kunsthal art gallery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and stole seven works by artists, including Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse, potentially worth hundreds …