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Stolen Picasso found by the ‘Indiana Jones of art’

Arthur Brand has done it again. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Dutch art detective turned Picasso’s 1938 painting Buste de Femme (Dora Maar) over to an insurance company, which has remained anonymous. The painting, which was stolen two decades ago, eluded Brand for four years but earlier this March, he got his break. […]

Police trick theives with a fake work by Brueghel

On March 13th, thieves successfully stole a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger from a Santa Maria Maddalena church in the town of Castelnuovo Magra in northern Italy. The thieves entered the church around lunch time while it was empty and, using a hammer, smashed the painting’s protective glass case open. They then put the […]

Sotheby’s will offer two Rothkos in May sale

Sotheby’s recently announced that they will be selling a set of paintings by Mark Rothko from the collection of Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg in May. The set of Rothkos will be only two of the paintings sold from the couple’s collection over the course of the year. The two paintings will come to the […]

Dutch Museum to return artefacts stolen from other countries

The Netherlands’ National Museum for World Cultures (NMVW) announced that it will be returning artefacts taken through colonial looting to their countries of origin. The museum will not be waiting for claims to act, but instead is actively researching its collections to flag and return objects that qualify for repatriation. “We know that part of our […]

New York art dealer detained (again) due to Nazi-looted painting

Today, Russian-born art dealer based in New York Alexander Khochinsky will be released from France to head to Poland for a hearing concerning a painting Khochinsky claims to have received from his father. On February 25th, Khochinsky was detained by French authorities on behalf of the Polish government at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport. Since his detention, he was […]

Guggenheim deaccessions work by Zao Wou-Ki

Sotheby’s announced that it will be offering Zao Wou-ki’s 1958 untitled oil painting at its Modern art evening sale on March 31 and set the estimate at ($7.7m-$10m). While that’s certainly no small amount, it is widely being regarded as conservative for the artist and a sign of his shrinking market. Wou-ki, an artist of […]

‘Indiana Jones of art’ finds priceless Visigoth artworks in England

Imagine searching over 10 years for stolen artwork – artwork that might turn up, but might also be so well hidden it remains elusive, or has already been destroyed out of fear that it could lead to the thief. This, exactly, is the job of Dutch art detective Arthur Brand and his most recent case. […]