Court: Release bidder names in disputed memorabilia auction


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

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of winning bidders’ names from a county prosecutor’s office’s disputed sports memorabilia auction.

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Trial on tap in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia lawsuit

Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the 2013 Pro Bowl. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) – Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in a New Jersey memorabilia dealer’s lawsuit that accuses New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of conspiring with the team’s equipment staff to sell bogus “game-used” helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam.

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Judge rules contested sale of Basquiat work can proceed

Sotheby’s headquarters at York Avenue and 71st Street in Manhattan. Photo by Jim Henderson.

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York judge has ruled that the auction of a Jean-Michel Basquiat masterpiece titled Flesh and Spirit can go forward. A prominent art collector had filed a lawsuit against the auction house Sotheby’s to block his daughter from selling the Basquiat work valued at an estimated $30 million.

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Italy recovers 3 paintings stolen from museums


Giusto de’ Menabuoi, one of the artists whose works were stolen, painted the Chapel of Blessed Luca Belludi in the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in northern Italy in 1382. Didier Descouens image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

ROME (AP) – Italy’s art police say they’ve recovered three paintings stolen in recent months from three small Bologna-area museums, after identifying the thief from surveillance videos.

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Minnesota tribe looks to block sale of US-Dakota War relic

1904 oil on canvas painting by Anton Gag (d. 1908) “Attack on New Ulm,” depicting a battle during the US-Dakota War of 1862

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) – A Native American tribe in Minnesota is trying to block the sale of an important U.S.-Dakota War relic scheduled to soon go to auction.

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Reward offered for tiaras stolen from St. Louis museum

The 1894 Veiled Prophet Special Maid’s Crown was stolen from the Missouri History Museum in early April 2018. It is silver and washed gold with green and red inset glass gems. It’s adorned with crosses, separated by fleur-de-lis. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society

ST. LOUIS – The Travelers Indemnity Companies, the insurer of the Missouri Historical Society’s Fine Arts Collection, is offering a reward for information that leads to the recovery and safe return of two debutante tiaras dating from the 1890s. The tiaras were stolen in early April from an exhibit at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. Travelers is offering a reward of up to $1,500.

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Germany: Looted art restitution project shows first results

Reinhold Begas, Susanna, 1869-1872. Photo by Stanislav Kozlovskiy taken at Alte Nationalgalerie (Berlin)

BERLIN (AP) – Several German cultural institutions and the American heirs of a German-Jewish family on Wednesday presented the first results of their joint efforts to restitute a vast art collection stolen by the Nazis. Read more

Smuggled Hobby Lobby artifacts to be returned to Iraq today

This photograph shows the result of looting at Angkorian temples in Cambodia (not related to Hobby Lobby case). Image by Tess Davis. Courtesy of The Antiquities Coalition

WASHINGTON — Nearly 4,000 smuggled artifacts previously purchased by national retailer Hobby Lobby will be returned to Iraq today in a ceremony at the residence of Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Fareed Yasseen. Assistant Secretary Thomas Homan, Director of US Customs and Immigration Enforcement, will transfer custody of the artifacts, including cuneiform tablets and bricks and cylinder seals from ancient Sumerian sites. The Antiquities Coalition will attend the ceremony.

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Arrest warrant issued for Briton in Colorado art attack

A screen shot from surveillance cameras inside an Aspen, Colorado, art gallery shows the suspect right before he slashed a painting in May 2017. Image courtesy of the Aspen Police Department

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Colorado authorities say the $3 million painting by artist Christopher Wool slashed at an Aspen art gallery last year was vandalized by a British man whose father owned it.

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Madonna loses battle to prevent auction of Tupac letter

Madonna during Stockholm performance, 2015 Rebel Heart Tour. Photo by chrisweger, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

NEW YORK (AP) – Pop star Madonna has lost her battle to prevent an auction of her personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.

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