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$1 Million Norman Rockwell Painting Stolen from Storage Unit

$1 Million Norman Rockwell Painting Stolen from Storage Unit

Bullet Shih October 9, 2013 0

The New York Post has reported that the Norman Rockwell painting Sport (Man in Fishing Boat) which was sold by a Private Collection from Birmingham, Alabama at Sotheby’s in New York on May 22,

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$1.56 Million Stolen Chagall Recovered in Italy

$1.56 Million Stolen Chagall Recovered in Italy

Bullet Shih April 8, 2013 0

In a case that seems to have all the elements of a tabloid thriller, involving the yacht of an American millionaire, a stolen Chagall, the old switcheroo, and a famous Italian football player has

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Three Romanian Suspects Nabbed in Connection with $100 Million Triton Collection Art Heist

Three Romanian Suspects Nabbed in Connection with $100 Million Triton Collection Art Heist

Bullet Shih January 23, 2013 0

The Washington Post has reported that Romanian police have three Romanian suspects in custody accused of involvement in the $100 million art heist in Rotterdam last October.  Two individuals were caught on the security

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Texas Man Discovers $1 Million Early Diego Rivera in His Home Office

Texas Man Discovers $1 Million Early Diego Rivera in His Home Office

Bullet Shih January 15, 2013 0

During the recently aired PBS’s Antiques Roadshow filmed in Corpus Christi, Texas in August 2012, a local man was amazed to find that a painting purchased by his great-grandparents was actually a lost painting

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Matisse Stolen from Swedish Museum in 1987 Recovered

Matisse Stolen from Swedish Museum in 1987 Recovered

Bullet Shih January 8, 2013 0

The Art Loss Register has reported some good news regarding a small Matisse oil stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm during a brazen theft where, In the early hours of 11

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Simon de Pury Leaves Phillips de Pury

Simon de Pury Leaves Phillips de Pury

Bullet Shih January 3, 2013 0

Making the transition from eponymous to anonymous, Carol Vogel at the New York Times has reported that Simon de Pury and his wife Michaela have stepped down from the auction house that has spent

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The $800K Missing Limbs

The $800K Missing Limbs

Bullet Shih December 3, 2012 1

The Greek myth of Tantalus tells the story of Tantalus who is invited to dine with the gods on Olympus and in a moment of arrogance or cheekiness decides to dice up his son

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The Eagle Has Landed: Sonnebend Estate Tax Snafu Settled

The Eagle Has Landed: Sonnebend Estate Tax Snafu Settled

Bullet Shih November 29, 2012 0

This year we posted about a conundrum involving the estate of legendary dealer Ileana Sonnabend and the IRS.  The controversy involved the 1959 work Canyon by Robert Rauschenberg.  The IRS was claiming that the

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Fake Japer Johns Flag Nets Court Appearance Rather Than $11 Million

Fake Japer Johns Flag Nets Court Appearance Rather Than $11 Million

Bullet Shih November 28, 2012 0

Sounding a bit like an alchemist’s spell gone awry, a New York foundry owner attempted to mix wax, bronze, and an American flag in his crucible hoping to produce $11 million dollars.  Instead he

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Dali Print Found in Thrift Store Nets $21K…For the Thrift Store

Dali Print Found in Thrift Store Nets $21K…For the Thrift Store

Bullet Shih November 21, 2012 0

The Huffington Post has reported that a sharp eyed worker at the Tacoma Goodwill Store spied a donation that might be worth a little more that yor average tea set or old Dunlap tennis

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Update: $2 Million in Paintings Stolen From South African Museum

Update: $2 Million in Paintings Stolen From South African Museum

Bullet Shih November 19, 2012 0

Last week we reported news of a brazen art theft from the Pretoria Art Museum in South Africa where five paintings were stolen at gunpoint. The Huffington Post has reported that due to a

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Knucklehead Art Thieves Attempt to Turn Gold into Lead

Knucklehead Art Thieves Attempt to Turn Gold into Lead

Bullet Shih November 15, 2012 0

The Daily Mail has reported that police have finally nabbed the men responsible for the theft of Henry Moore’s Sundial sculpture this July.  The sculpture was stolen from the 72-acre grounds of The Henry

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Sale of Warhol Works from Foundation Realizes $17 Million at Christie’s

Sale of Warhol Works from Foundation Realizes $17 Million at Christie’s

Bullet Shih November 14, 2012 0

As part of the Warhol Foundation’s shift in focus from preserving and presenting Warhol’s estate to that of being a well endowed foundation focusing on grants and licensing Warhol’s images, the Warhol Foundation auctioned

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$2 Million in Paintings Stolen From South African Museum

$2 Million in Paintings Stolen From South African Museum

Bullet Shih November 13, 2012 1

  Iol news has reported that three armed robbers have taken five paintings worth close to $2 million from the Pretoria Art Museum in South Africa.  While not as brazen as the axe wielding

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Bullet Shih November 6, 2012 0

The New York Times has an interesting piece regarding the nine lives of art forgeries stating that most art forgeries even after being outed as such, are often quietly resold to another unsuspecting buyer

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Over $100 Million in Art Stolen From Rotterdam Museum

Over $100 Million in Art Stolen From Rotterdam Museum

Bullet Shih October 17, 2012 1

In a brazen early morning theft, seven prominent paintings easily worth over $100 million have been stolen from the exhibition Avante-Gardes at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, Holland.  The list of stolen paintings reads like

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Richter Breaks Living Artist Auction Record at $34 Million

Richter Breaks Living Artist Auction Record at $34 Million

Bullet Shih October 15, 2012 0

A smear painting by German artist Gerhard Richter has broken the auction record for a living artist at Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale in London on 2012 October 12.  The painting Abstraktes Bild (809-4) of 1994

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Flea Market Renoir Stolen From Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951

Flea Market Renoir Stolen From Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951

Bullet Shih October 1, 2012 0

Several weeks ago we reportedthat a Virginia woman had purchased a small painting at a West Virginia flea market that was believed to be an authentic Renoir valued at closed to $100,000. Although the

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UPDATE 2: Over $10 Million in Stolen Artwork Recovered After Offer of $1.7 Million Reward

UPDATE 2: Over $10 Million in Stolen Artwork Recovered After Offer of $1.7 Million Reward

Bullet Shih September 28, 2012 0

Money talks!  Several days ago we wrote that financier Jeffrey Gundlach had upped the ante for the safe recovery of his art collection to $1.7 million which included the highest ever reward offered for

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UPDATE: Banker Gundlach Ups The Reward For His Stolen Artwork To $1.7 Million!

UPDATE: Banker Gundlach Ups The Reward For His Stolen Artwork To $1.7 Million!

Bullet Shih September 26, 2012 0

In the world of finance, timing is everything when it comes to reaping riches.  Well Reuters has just reported that the reward for information leading to the safe recovery of the items stolen from

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UPDATE: Franklin Filcher Found Bust Busted!

UPDATE: Franklin Filcher Found Bust Busted!

Bullet Shih September 26, 2012 0

At the end of August we wrote about a bust of Benjamin Franklin by the famous French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon stolen from the home of a Bryn Mahr couple George  andBrenda D’Angelo.  Police suspected

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Over $10 Million in 20th Century Art Stolen from Santa Monica Residence

Over $10 Million in 20th Century Art Stolen from Santa Monica Residence

Bullet Shih September 20, 2012 0

In a brazen robbery in Santa Monica, California, the Santa Monica Lookout has reported that thieves have made off with enough work by big name artists to start a small museum of modern art. 

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$100K Renoir Found at West Virginia Flea Market

$100K Renoir Found at West Virginia Flea Market

Bullet Shih September 10, 2012 1

The Telegraph is reporting that a woman purchased what is believed to be an original Renoir oil painting at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market in Harpers Ferry, West Virgina.  It did not appear to

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Rare Beatles Painting Emerges From Under Japanese Bed

Rare Beatles Painting Emerges From Under Japanese Bed

Bullet Shih September 7, 2012 0

The Atlantic has reported that perhaps the only painting done and signed by all four members of the Beatles is now up for sale after being stored under a bed in Japan for the

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Warhol Foundation to Unload Its Entire $100 Million of Andy’s work

Warhol Foundation to Unload Its Entire $100 Million of Andy’s work

Bullet Shih September 6, 2012 0

The New York Times has reported that The Andy Warhol Foundation has just agreed to divest itself of all artworks by Andy Warhol through a special agreement with Christie’s.  According to president Joel Wachs,

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$10 Billion Art Vault

$10 Billion Art Vault

Bullet Shih September 4, 2012 0

With individual works of art now routinely selling for over $50 millon as well as a rash of high profile art thefts, the issues of security and insurance are now more important than ever. 

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Stolen Jan Steen Recovered After 13 Years

Stolen Jan Steen Recovered After 13 Years

Bullet Shih August 31, 2012 0

The DutchNews has reported that after 13 years police have nabbed three people responsible for the theft of seven paintings from an elderly woman in Bilthoven, near Utrecht stolen in 1999.  Of the seven

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$3 Million Bust of Benjamin Franklin Stolen from Pennsylvania Home

$3 Million Bust of Benjamin Franklin Stolen from Pennsylvania Home

Bullet Shih August 29, 2012 0

Philly.com has reported that a valuable bust of Benjamin Franklin done in 1778 has been stolen from a Bryn Mawr home. The bust was done by the famous French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon who met

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Øre Wise, Krone Foolish: Valuable Rembrandt Lost in the Mail

Øre Wise, Krone Foolish: Valuable Rembrandt Lost in the Mail

Bullet Shih August 24, 2012 0

The Guardian has reported that the a Norwegian gallery, the Soli Brug Gallery in Greaaker located south of Oslo has lost a  350 year old Rembrandt etching worth $8600 in the mail.  The work

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$10 Million Picasso Found in Indiana Museum Basement After Being Lost for 50 Years

$10 Million Picasso Found in Indiana Museum Basement After Being Lost for 50 Years

Bullet Shih August 21, 2012 0

While there have been plenty of stories regarding priceless Picassos being stolen from museums, the Guardian offers the recent story of a museum finding a Picasso that they forgot that they had.  The Evansville

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Art Dealer Charged with Creating $1.3 Million Collection Out of Book Illustrations

Art Dealer Charged with Creating $1.3 Million Collection Out of Book Illustrations

Bullet Shih August 16, 2012 0

A federal grand jury has indicted Madison, Connecticut art dealer David J. Crespo, owner of the Brandon Art Gallery for defrauding clients by selling them fake Chagall lithographs and fake Picasso works from a

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Louis Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell…Sharon Davson???

Louis Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell…Sharon Davson???

Bullet Shih August 13, 2012 0

  A few months ago, we commented on a piece by the Economist that compared the top prices paid by male artists versus those paid for female artists which concluded that male artists fetched

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$61 Million Van Gogh Attribution Hangs By a Single Hair

$61 Million Van Gogh Attribution Hangs By a Single Hair

Bullet Shih August 10, 2012 0

The Telegraph has reported that German collector Markus Roubrocks is hoping that a lone strand of hair embedded in the painting Still Life with Peonies will provide the conclusive evidence that the work is

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