Culture crime news 17–23 February 2020


Hot this week: No, the Parthenon Sculptures are not on the negotiating table

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Egypt Sentences Ex-Minister’s Brother for Artifact Smuggling (Egypt)
(15 February 2020; The New York Times)

Egypt, Greece ministers tackle combating illegal trafficking in antiquities (Egypt, Greece)
(22 February 2020; Egypt Today)

Netherlands Returns Stolen 18th Century Ceremonial Crown to Ethiopia (Ethiopia, Netherlands)
(20 February 2020; NLTimes)


Robo de arte sacro, cotidiano e impune (Theft of sacred art: everyday and unpunished; Mexico)
(23 February 2020; Pulso)

Peru recovers priceless Inca manuscript stolen during occupation (Peru, Chile)
(21 February 2020; France 24)

Artworks by Famed Street Artist “Phase 2” Stolen From Lower East Side Studio (USA)
(20 February 2020; Hyperallergic)

The Artist Beneath the Art Forger (USA)
(21 February 2020; The New York Times)

Beverly Cassirer, whose family demanded return of $30-million painting looted by Nazis, dies waiting (USA, Spain)
(21 February 2020; Los Angeles Times)

On stolen land that is being still robbed (USA)
(20 February 2020; Inlander)

Utah is one step closer to designating Utahraptor State Park (USA)
(21 February 2020; Deseret News)


Collection of ancient coins returned to Cyprus by US authorities (Cyprus, USA)
(19 February 2020; Cyprus Mail)

Berlin gold coin heist: 3 sentenced to jail (Germany)
(20 February 2020; DW)

Italy hands Nazi-looted Renaissance sculpture from the Uffizi to Germany (Germany, Italy)
(21 February 2020; The Art Newspaper)

Parthenon marbles ‘not up for discussion’ during EU trade talks – Government (Greece, UK)
(18 February 2020; The National)

Leaked draft of EU paper stirs Parthenon Marbles dispute (Greece, UK)
(19 February 2020; The Art Newspaper)

Operation Budapest: Documentary on the 1983 Fine Arts Museum Heist (Hungary)
(18 February 2020; Hungary Today)

Suspect list in stolen Klimt saga grows (Italy)
(19 February 2020; The Art Newspaper)

Spain takes protection measures for Temple of Debod after Hawass visits Madrid (Spain, Egypt)
(11 February 2020; Egypt Today)

Banksy’s new Valentine’s Day artwork boarded up following vandalism (UK)
(17 February 2020; ITV)

Painting stolen by Nazis from Ukraine during WW2 to be returned from U.S. (Ukraine, USA)
(20 February 2020; UNIAN)

South and East Asia

‘Odisha has turned a major hub of stolen idols’ (India)
(16 February 2020; Daily Pioneer)

India asks Oxford museum to return ‘stolen’ bronze statue (India, UK)
(21 February 2020; The Guardian)

India seeks return of 15th century Tamil statue in Oxford (India, UK)
(23 February 2020; Hindustan Times)

Nicolas Cage Once Out Bid Leo DiCaprio On A Stolen Dinosaur Skull… Here’s Where It Is Now (Mongolia, USA)
(21 February 2020; The Things)

Replicating Nepal’s stolen gods (Nepal)
(21 February 2020; Nepali Times)

Cultural Heritage Administration unveils 2 returned cultural artifacts (South Korea, USA)
(19 February 2020; The Korea Herald)

West and Central Asia

Stolen Jacob’s Ladder by Chagall nets 130K (Israel)
(19 February 2020; The Jewish Star)

French geologist returns bronze antique coins he acquired from AlUla in 1966 (Saudi Arabia, France)
(20 February 2020; Saudi Gazette)