Culture crime news: 10–16 Mar 2014


Hot this week: the US returns items from Egypt

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Christie’s Postpones Basquiat Sale After Suit Alleges Some Works Are Fakes
9 March 2014, The Wall Street Journal

Rockwell painting stolen from Maspeth recovered (NYC)
14 March 2014, Times Ledger

Getty Villa’s ‘Heaven and Earth’ a blockbuster show of Byzantium art (Meant to signify new-found trust between Getty and Greece following Marion True scandal)
14 March 2014, Los Angeles Times

Delaware lawyer, firm caught up in tale of lost treasure
16 March 2014, Delaware Online

Origin of Gold Country coins remains a mystery
11 March 2014, Los Angeles Times

El museo de Astra continúa siendo saqueado y dañado
13 March, 2014, Patagónico

Missing Cuban artworks valued at close to $1.5 million
12 Mach 2014, CNN

Extension of Import Restrictions on Archaeological and Ecclesiastical Ethnological Materials from Honduras
12 March 2014, Federal Register

South and East Asia

NGA idol comment stirs ire in India
10 March 2014, The Australian

Relic theft at temple in capital (Cambodia)
12 March 2014, The Phnom Penh Post

Relic Hunt Continues (Cambodia)
13 March 2014, The Phnom Penh Post

Koreans appeal to White House for return of ‘royal seals’
14 March 2014, Global Post


Customs hands over N2.8m seized antiquities in Seme to NCMM (Nigeria)
16 March 2014

Smuggled Egyptian antiquities to be returned from U.S.
12 March, Reuters

Egypt: Antiquities Minister Meets U.S. Officials
13 March 2014, All Africa

Egypt Asks U.S. to Impose Sharp Curbs on Importing of Antiquities
14 March 2014, New York Times

In pictures: Stolen Egyptian artefacts recovered from the US
16 March 2014, Ahram Online

Oceania and Australia

Book proves Tweed man’s $50m Cezanne painting is real
10 March 2014, My Daily News

Mayor of Easter Island begins campaign for the return of moai statues (Spanish)
14 March 2014, Pura Noticia

West Asia

Authorities Confiscate Stolen Archaeological Artifacts in Palmyra
10 March 2014, Fars News

Leiden Researchers Robbed of Syrian Artifacts
11 March 2014, NL Times


Antiquities dealers liven up the London art scene
7 March 2014, Financial Times

German archaeologist suggests British Museum’s Warren Cup could be forgery
12 March 2014, The Guardian

Newly-discovered Anglo-Saxon village ‘stripped of valuable artefacts by thieves’ (UK)
12 March 2014, The Telegraph

Rendlesham: Nighthawks may have raided Saxon treasure at Suffolk’s ‘village of the kings’ (UK)
11 March 2014, Ipswich Star

BBC art experts make mistake over ‘Constable’
16 March 2014, Telegraph

Altarpiece by Nolde stolen from Danish church
12 March 2014, The Art Newspaper

In Other News

Ex-Sidley Partner’s Slide Into Receipt Scam Detailed (white-collar crimes of an art lawyer)
13 March 2014, The American Lawyer