Former London, Miami art dealer sentenced to seven years for fraud

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) – A former London and Miami art dealer who pleaded guilty to defrauding art buyers and others of more than $86 million was sentenced May 23 to seven years in prison. Inigo Philbrick, 34, a U.S. citizen who previously lived in London, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Sidney H. Stein. He also was ordered to forfeit $86 million.

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The Kouros, one of 46 antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt and returned to the people of Greece. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Manhattan DA returns seized artifacts worth $20M to Greece

The Kouros, one of 46 antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt and returned to the people of Greece. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

The Kouros, one of 46 antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt and returned to the people of Greece. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

NEW YORK (AP) – Dozens of looted antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt after a yearslong investigation have been returned to the people of Greece, prosecutors in New York announced February 23.

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Treasury urges closer watch on money laundering in fine art

Seal of the United States Department of the Treasury

Seal of the United States Department of the Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fine art isn’t just nice to look at – it’s also attractive to criminals trying to launder money, finance terrorism and trade illegal drugs and arms. And the Treasury Department wants art dealers and financiers to do something about that. The agency issued a 40-page report February 4 recommending that financial firms and art dealers set up an information-sharing database to track how sales of fine art are linked to bad actors who make anonymous purchases.

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Buddha statue recovered decades after theft from Indian temple

A 1,200-year-old Bodhisattva sculpture looted from the Devisthan Kundalpur Temple in Kurkihar, India, has been recovered in Italy by Art Recovery International following a decades-long search. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International


A 1,200-year-old Bodhisattva sculpture looted from the Devisthan Kundalpur Temple in Kurkihar, India, has been recovered in Italy following a decades-long search. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International

MILAN – An 8th- or 9th-century Bodhisattva sculpture that was looted from the Devisthan Kundalpur Temple in Kurkihar, India has been recovered in Italy following a decades-long search.

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Camille Pissarro’s 1897 work, ‘Rue Saint-Honore, dans l’apres-midi (Rue Saint-Honore in the Afternoon, Effect of Rain),’ is the subject of a case recently heard in the Supreme Court of the United States. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office before January 1, 1927

Supreme Court hears case re: Pissarro painting stolen by Nazis

Camille Pissarro’s 1897 work, ‘Rue Saint-Honore, dans l’apres-midi (Rue Saint-Honore in the Afternoon, Effect of Rain),’ is the subject of a case recently heard in the Supreme Court of the United States. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office before January 1, 1927

Camille Pissarro’s 1897 work, ‘Rue Saint-Honore, dans l’apres-midi (Rue Saint-Honore in the Afternoon, Effect of Rain),’ is the subject of a case recently heard in the Supreme Court of the United States. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office before January 1, 1927

WASHINGTON (AP) – A California man and a Spanish museum locked in a dispute over a valuable impressionist masterpiece stolen by the Nazis should be able to agree on one thing, Justice Stephen Breyer said January 18 during arguments in the case at the Supreme Court. Can everyone agree that this is a beautiful painting?,” Breyer asked near the end of an hour of arguments. The painting is a streetscape, now worth millions, by French impressionist Camille Pissarro. The case itself is not directly about ownership of the painting but about how to decide the case, which has been going on since 2005. Lower courts had sided with the museum.

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A Stradivarius violin from the Spanish royal collection, displayed in Madrid in 2003. Paraguayan police said November 10 they have detained two Germans and a Chilean suspected of killing a German man and his daughter while trying to get documents proving the authenticity of four Stradivarius violins. Image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons, photo credit Hakan Svensson. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Police suspect Germans were killed for Stradivarius violins

A Stradivarius violin from the Spanish royal collection, displayed in Madrid in 2003. Paraguayan police said November 10 they have detained two Germans and a Chilean suspected of killing a German man and his daughter while trying to get documents proving the authenticity of four Stradivarius violins. Image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons, photo credit Hakan Svensson. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

A Stradivarius violin from the Spanish royal collection, displayed in Madrid in 2003 and unrelated to the case discussed in this article. Paraguayan police said November 10 that they have detained two Germans and a Chilean suspected of killing a German man and his daughter while trying to get documents that prove the authenticity of four Stradivarius violins. Image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons, photo credit Hakan Svensson. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – Paraguayan police said November 10 that they have detained two Germans and a Chilean suspected of killing a German man and his daughter while trying to get documents proving the authenticity of valuable violins.

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A September 2010 image of a rack of Chateau d’Yquem dessert wines, taken to show how the wine changes color as it ages. In late October 2021, a bottle of the 1806 vintage, valued at $407,000, was stolen from the cellar of a two-Michelin-star restaurant in Caceres, Spain. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, credited to Megan Mallen and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Hotel ‘guests’ steal 45 bottles from Spanish wine collector

A September 2010 image of a rack of Chateau d’Yquem dessert wines, taken to show how the wine changes color as it ages. In late October 2021, a bottle of the 1806 vintage, valued at $407,000, was stolen from the cellar of a two-Michelin-star restaurant in Caceres, Spain. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, credited to Megan Mallen and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

A September 2010 image of a rack of Chateau d’Yquem dessert wines, taken to show how the wine changes color as it ages. In late October 2021, a bottle of the 1806 vintage, valued at $407,000, was stolen from the cellar of a two-Michelin-star restaurant in Caceres, Spain. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, credited to Megan Mallen and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

VALBUENA, Spain (AP) – Two thieves stole 45 bottles of wine, including an extremely rare 215-year-old bottle valued at 350,000 euros ($407,000), from a collection at an upscale hotel and restaurant complex in southwestern Spain, the owner said on October 29.

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Recreation of the cargo of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a Spanish Navy frigate that sank during an 1804 battle off the coast of Portugal. Odyssey Marine Exploration discovered the shipwreck in 2007, which contained an estimated $500 million in silver and gold coins. Image courtesy of jacinta lluch valero via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Spanish court throws out lawsuit against US treasure hunters

Recreation of the cargo of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a Spanish Navy frigate that sank during an 1804 battle off the coast of Portugal. Odyssey Marine Exploration discovered the shipwreck in 2007, which contained an estimated $500 million in silver and gold coins. Image courtesy of jacinta lluch valero via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Recreation of the cargo of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a Spanish Navy frigate that sank during an 1804 battle off the coast of Portugal. In 2007, Odyssey Marine Exploration discovered the shipwreck, which contained an estimated $500 million in silver and gold coins. Image courtesy of jacinta lluch valero via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

MADRID (AP) – A Spanish court has shelved a lawsuit against American treasure hunters that accused them of having destroyed an underwater archaeological site when they looted a sunken galleon for tons of precious coins more than a decade ago.

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Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, circa 1633, oil on canvas. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Robert Gentile, linked to Gardner Museum art theft, dies

 

Rembrandt van Rijn’s (1606-1669) The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, painted in 1633, one of 13 paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on March 18, 1990.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Robert Gentile, a mobster who for years denied suspicions from authorities that he knew anything about a trove of artwork valued in the millions that was stolen in a 1990 museum heist and remains missing, has died. He was 85.

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German prosecutors charge 6 in spectacular Dresden jewelry heist

A gallery at the Green Vault in Dresden, Germany. SwenS D image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

BERLIN (AP) – German prosecutors said Thursday that they have filed charges against six suspects in the spectacular theft of 18th-century jewels from a Dresden museum in 2019, accusing them of organized robbery and arson.

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