Portrait found in gallery’s walls verified as missing Klimt

‘Portrait of a Lady’ is an oil on canvas painting by Gustav Klimt done in 1916-17. It was acquired by the Galleria Ricci-Oddi in Piacenza in 1925. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

PIACENZA, Italy (AP) – Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls last month is Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady, which was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago.

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Ex-librarian, bookseller plead guilty in theft of rare books

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

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A former librarian and a bookseller have pleaded guilty in the theft of rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in a years-long scheme.

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Painting found inside gallery wall might be stolen Klimt

‘Portrait of a Lady’ is an oil on canvas painting by Gustav Klimt done in 1916-17. It was acquired by the Galleria Ricci-Oddi in Piacenza in 1925. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

ROME (AP) – A Gustav Klimt painting, stolen almost 23 years ago, might have been hidden all this time inside an Italian gallery’s walls.

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Thieves steal ‘priceless’ jewel sets from Dresden museum

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

BERLIN (AP) – Thieves broke into Dresden’s Green Vault, one of the world’s oldest museums, early Monday morning, making off with three “priceless” sets of 18th century jewelry that German officials said would be impossible to sell on the open market.

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Treasure hunters jailed for pocketing Viking-era hoard

Anglo-Saxon coin of Offa, king of Mercia, A.D. 757-796. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

LONDON (AP) – Two amateur British treasure-hunters were sentenced Friday to long prison terms for stealing a hoard of 1,100-year-old Anglo-Saxon coins and jewelry valued at millions of pounds dollars.

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Caller leads LA police to $800K in stolen artwork

Scottish artist Benjamin Crème pictured at a conference in Paris in 2006. Image by Bernard33. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

LOS ANGELES (AP) –  This time, detectives didn’t have to track down the stolen art. Someone brought it to them.

Los Angeles police said Tuesday they recovered $800,000 worth of prints by Scottish abstract expressionist Benjamin Creme after a caller said they were in a home in the Los Angeles suburb of San Fernando.

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Blade of glory: The mystery around a late president’s sword

Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of William Henry Harrison shows the general’s sword. Harrison became a hero in the War of 1812 by defeating the British at the Battle of the Thames in Ontario. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

CINCINNATI (AP) – An Ohio sheriff wearing white gloves displayed a sword wielded in the American Revolution and by a future U.S. president in the War of 1812, and pledged Wednesday an exhaustive investigation to determine whether it’s the one that disappeared from Cincinnati four decades ago.

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National monuments case advances as court rules against Trump

The Sixshooter Peaks in Bears Ears National Monument, San Juan County, Utah. U.S. Bureau of Land Management public domain image

WASHINGTON — Yesterday evening the coalition fighting to protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments cleared a milestone in the legal battle for the future of these public lands when the court denied the Trump Administration’s motion to dismiss the case.

“While the legal fight has played out, the Trump Administration has rushed through new management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase to open up hundreds of thousands of acres to mining, obliterating forests by dragging anchor chains through them, and new fossil fuel development,” says a press release issued by Earthjustice.

Heidi McIntosh, managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Rocky Mountains Office, stated: “We’re pleased the court denied the Trump’s Administration’s motion to dismiss and look forward to the next step: showing that President Trump violated the law when he dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase. When Trump went after our national monuments, he thought he could ride roughshod over this country’s cultural and natural heritage, and auction off iconic public lands that belong to all of us. But this remains a country of laws. We will work relentlessly until we ensure that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase are protected forever as they were meant to be.”

Metate Arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Escalante, Utah. Photo by John Fowler from Placitas, NM, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

In late 2017 Trump slashed Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, stripping nearly 2 million acres of public lands of Antiquities Act protections in the largest rollback of federal public land protection in history. The action ignited protests in Salt Lake City – and lawsuits filed within hours in Washington, D.C., by Native American tribes, conservation, outdoor recreation, and paleontology groups seeing to defend these monuments.

About the combined lawsuits:

Earthjustice represents nine groups challenging President Trump’s actions: The Wilderness Society, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Sierra Club, the Grand Canyon Trust, Defenders of Wildlife, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians, and the Center for Biological Diversity. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance are co-plaintiffs in the cases, represented by counsel from those organizations.

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Greek police seize loot from ancient wrecks

Amphoras are two-handled earthenware jars used to transport wine, olive oil and other foodstuffs in ancient cargo ships. Ad Meskens image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek police say they have arrested three men on the Aegean island of Kalymnos for allegedly plundering ancient shipwrecks and removing more than two dozen intact pottery vases. Read more

US returns ancient gilded coffin to Egypt

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (right) and Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry at the repatriation ceremony. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

NEW YORK (AP) – A gilded coffin that was featured at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is on its way back to Egypt after it was determined to be a looted antiquity.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry held a repatriation ceremony in New York on Wednesday for the Coffin of Nedjemankh

The Met bought the piece from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for about $4 million and made it the centerpiece of an exhibition. It was removed last February. The Met has apologized to Egypt.

Investigators say the coffin was smuggled from Egypt through United Arab Emirates, Germany and France. They say the museum was given fraudulent documents, including a forged 1971 Egyptian export license.

Prosecutors say they’ve found evidence of hundreds more antiquities thefts.

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