Stolen Van Gogh paintings return to Amsterdam after 14 years

‘Seascape at Scheveningen’ (1882) is one of two Van Gogh paintings stolen from the Amsterdam museum in 2002. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

AMSTERDAM (AP) – Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen in a smash-and-grab heist more than 14 years ago went back on display Tuesday at the Amsterdam museum dedicated to the Dutch master.

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Police: Brady’s missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

Super Bowl LI MVP Tom Brady in a Dec. 18, 2016 photo taken by Jeffrey Beall. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

 

BOSTON (AP) – Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots’ locker room — but the mystery isn’t over.

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Court rules civil suit can proceed against Sopranos star Castelluccio

Federico Castelluccio with his Guercino painting of St. Sebastian. Photo by James Sliman

Federico Castelluccio with his 17th-century Guercino painting of St. Sebastian. Photo by James Sliman

 

NEW YORK – A judge in Kings County Supreme Court, New York, has ruled that a civil lawsuit can move forward against Sopranos actor, artist and art collector Federico Castelluccio. The actor’s former publicist, James Sliman, filed a lawsuit against Castelluccio in August, alleging non-payment of $35,000 for 2 1/2 years of publicity services Sliman says he provided in connection with the actor’s 17th-century Guercino painting of St. Sebastian. On Dec. 16, Judge Edgar G. Walker refused a request made by Castelluccio’s attorney for a dismissal of the case.

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NY antiquities dealer charged with selling stolen artifacts

Second-century Indian relief that authorities seized from the Nancy Wiener Gallery in New York City. Image courtesy of office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

Second-century Indian relief that authorities confiscated from the Nancy Wiener Gallery in New York City. Image courtesy of office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York antiquities dealer has been arrested on charges she sold stolen artifacts from international smugglers by creating sham documents to hide their history.

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Lawsuit details Islamic State profits from antiquities’ sale

While many ancient sites have been been destroyed, such as the North West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud, pictured here, Islamic State terrors have allowed the looting of antiquities, the lawsuit claims.

While many ancient sites have been been destroyed, such as the North West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud, pictured here, Islamic State terrorists have allowed the looting of antiquities, the lawsuit claims. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A lawsuit filed in the nation’s capital provides a window into how the Islamic State group finances its operations, sometimes one ancient gold coin at a time. Read more

Ali Center theft suspect arrested; artwork still missing

The stolen LeRoy Neiman print of Muhammad Ali. Image courtesy of Louisville Metro Police Department

The stolen LeRoy Neiman print of Muhammad Ali. Image courtesy of Louisville Metro Police Department

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A man accused of brazenly stealing a work of art from the Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky has been arrested in Pennsylvania, but the artwork – a print of a LeRoy Neiman painting showing Ali in a classic boxing pose – has not been recovered, authorities said Thursday.

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Auction houses face off in website data scraping lawsuit

Photo of Lady Justice by Dev Kulshrestha, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

Photo of Lady Justice by Dev Kulshrestha, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Christie’s auction house has been accused in a lawsuit of using a computer program to scrape research, images and price information from a rival’s website and then reselling it as part of its own subscription database.

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US recovers marble statue, returns it to Italian government

'Torlonia Peplophoro,' a Roman marble statue, was stolen on Nov. 11, 1983, from Villa Torlonia, a historic residence in Rome, Italy. FBI image

‘Torlonia Peplophoro,’ a Roman marble statue, was stolen on Nov. 11, 1983, from Villa Torlonia, a historic residence in Rome, Italy. FBI image

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The United States has returned to the Italian government a recovered marble statue that was stolen more than three decades ago.

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France ramps up efforts to return Nazi looted art to victims’ heirs

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower inspects stolen artwork in a salt mine in Merkers, Germany, accompanied by Gen. Omar Bradley (left) and Gen. George S. Patton (center). National Archives image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower inspects stolen artwork in a salt mine in Merkers, Germany, accompanied by Gen. Omar Bradley (left) and Gen. George S. Patton (center). National Archives image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

 

PARIS (AP) – Scam. That was Henrietta Schubert’s first thought when lawyers told her a 16th century Flemish painting hanging in a French museum belonged to her Jewish grandparents, who had sold it in 1938 to secure their passage from Nazi Germany to America.

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LeRoy Neiman print stolen off wall at Muhammad Ali Center

The stolen Leroy Neiman print of Muhammad Ali. Image courtesy of Louisville Metro Police Department.

The stolen LeRoy Neiman print of Muhammad Ali. Image courtesy of Louisville Metro Police Department.

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Artwork showing Muhammad Ali in a classic pose, in white trunks and red boxing gloves, was stolen from an exhibit while it was open to the public at the Muhammad Ali Center. Surveillance cameras recorded the brazen theft, and a manhunt was under way for a suspect.

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