NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to force the Metropolitan Museum of Art to return a Picasso painting to the heir of a Jewish businessman who allegedly sold it under duress.
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a government proposal banning local ivory trading in the Chinese territory by 2021, with conservation groups hailing it as a major victory in the fight to save elephants.
PARIS (AP) – The Louvre Museum is putting 31 paintings on permanent display in an effort to find the rightful owners of those and other works of art looted by Nazis during World War II.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities say surveillance footage has led to the arrest of a suspect in the burglary and vandalism at the California Route 66 Museum.
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) – A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by a New Hampshire antiques shop owner who said she was run out of business for displaying an old flour sack with a swastika symbol.
BERLIN (AP) – Berlin’s city museums authority says it has returned 11 works that were part of prominent art owner Margarete Oppenheim’s collection and were auctioned off under Nazi rule in 1936.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world is fighting an attempt to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children’s book author.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Scientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the lives of pachyderms that are being slaughtered for their tusks in Africa.
ROME (AP) – Italy’s carabinieri police say they’ve recovered about 250 hand-crafted nativity scene figurines dating from the 18th century that were stolen from churches and private homes in recent years.
NEW YORK (ACNI) – The New York County District Attorney’s office confirms that its investigators raided the Manhattan office and residence of billionaire hedge fund manager Michael H. Steinhardt on Friday. No fewer than nine antiquities were seized in total from the two Fifth Avenue locations. Prosecutors say the objects were looted from Greece and Italy.