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Art Dealer Pardoned
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Art Dealer Pardoned

We all heard that during his final days in office, Trump handed out a large number of pardons.  Among the ‘lucky’ people, New York art dealer Hillel “Helly” Nahmad. You might remember that in 2013, Mr. Nahmad pled guilty to … More…

Tintin And The Auction Adventure
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Tintin And The Auction Adventure

Georges Remi (known by the pen name Hergé) (1907-1983) was a Belgian cartoonist best known for creating the Adventures of Tintin, a comic series about a young Belgian reporter whose adventures took him all around the world. The series, which … More…

The 14th Artwork From Notorious Nazi Collection Returned
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The 14th Artwork From Notorious Nazi Collection Returned

While the provenance of a vast majority of works from the Hildebrand Gurlitt collection remains unknown, the German Lost Art Foundation determined that at least 14 works had definite ties to the Nazis. The book is still open on the … More…

300 Year Old Vase = Big Payday
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300 Year Old Vase = Big Payday

I have written about the surprising auction results of Chinese art objects many times, but I am still amazed at how auctioneers consistently seem to have a hard time with their valuations.  A recent sale in Ireland, once again, demonstrates … More…

Wildenstein Saga Continues
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Wildenstein Saga Continues

In 2016, members of the Wildenstein family were accused of tax fraud – Guy Wildenstein faces charges that he hid his fortune in offshore tax havens and a demand for £475m in back taxes By early 2017, Guy Wildenstein and … More…

They Want Their Art Back!
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They Want Their Art Back!

Back in 2016, Gallery Shchukin filed a lawsuit against the Russian financier Rustaam Iseev, for the return of five paintings said to be worth $60 million.  In order to avoid arrest, Iseev informed the court where the works were being … More…

The Purloined Amati
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The Purloined Amati

Mr. Rowland Weinstein (a California dealer) recently learned a valuable lesson … after exiting your automobile, it is always wise to lock it.  It is even more advisable when you have an object worth close to $1 million in it. … More…

Update: Dark Side’s Top 3 Of 2020 – 2. Another Art Theft? This Time A Van Gogh
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Update: Dark Side’s Top 3 Of 2020 – 2. Another Art Theft? This Time A Van Gogh

Original Post Another Art Theft? This Time A Van Gogh News just broke that early Monday morning, thieves smashed the front door of the Singer Laren Museum, Laren, The Netherlands, and stole Vincent van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen … More…

Update: Dark Side’s Top 3 Of 2020 -1. More Looted Artifacts At Hobby Lobby 
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Update: Dark Side’s Top 3 Of 2020 -1. More Looted Artifacts At Hobby Lobby 

Original Post More Looted Artifacts at Hobby Lobby Back in 2017, Hobby Lobby agreed to return thousands of smuggled clay artifacts they bought in 2010 and paid a fine of $3 million.  Well, now it has come to light that … More…

Update: Dark Side’s Top 3 Of 2020 – 3. Kenny Schachter Duped By Inigo Philbrick
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Update: Dark Side’s Top 3 Of 2020 – 3. Kenny Schachter Duped By Inigo Philbrick

Original Post Inigo Philbrick (an art world scammer) hit a lot of people, including his art dealer friend Kenny Schachter who was duped out of $1.67M!  The work of art they purchased seems to have vanished … along with Mr. … More…