Authorities Seize Ancient Artifact at TEFAF New York

  • New York Times
  • October 29, 2017 17:57
Ruins of the Tachara, Persepolis

Police officers and two prosecutors seized an ancient limestone bas-relief from the booth of a London dealer at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) New York Fall fair on Friday, reports the New York Times. The prestigious, vetted fair is on view at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. The piece ...

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Trump Withdraws U.S. from UNESCO

  • New York Times
  • October 12, 2017 12:26
Mosaic of Change (MOC), "Peace," was unveiled for UNESCO's 70th Anniversary Celebration in Paris in 2015.

The Trump administration announced plans on Thursday to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. Citing "anti-Israel bias" as the primary reason for withdrawal, the U.S. seeks to be a nonmember observer of the U.N. agency that designates cultural ...

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Ancient Egyptian Tomb With Artifacts Rediscovered Near Luxor

  • CNN
  • September 10, 2017 16:08

Egyptian authorities unveiled a previously undiscovered ancient tomb belonging to a goldsmith and his wife near Luxor in southern Egypt on Saturday, reports CNN. The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts," according to ...

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Met Museum Hands Over Two Ancient Objects to Authorities

  • AD
  • August 03, 2017 18:17
Marble Head of a Bull, ca.  500–460 B.C.  Greek.  H.  13 in.  (33 cm).  Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave up a large painted terracotta vase that had been illegally excavated from an ancient burial ground in Italy to the district attorney. The ancient Greek vessel, a krater, shows Dionysus, god of the grape harvest, riding in a cart. In a second ...

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Antiquities Dealer Sues Wall Street Journal Over Article on ISIS Link

  • Courthouse News Service
  • July 18, 2017 12:44
Odysseus hiding under a ram to escape from the cave of Polyphemus, part of the Torlonia Collection.

An antiquities dealer has sued the Wall Street Journal over an article linking his family-run art gallery to ISIS, reports Courthouse New Service. It is the second major lawsuit instigated by the gallery this year. Hicham Aboutaam, head of the Manhattan-based Electrum, the agent for Phoenix ...

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Supreme Court to Decide Case on Seizing Iranian Artifacts

  • CNS
  • June 29, 2017 22:41

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether Americans injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing can seize Iranian artifacts from the University of Chicago to satisfy a $71 million judgment, reports Courthouse New Service. Injured Americans in the Hamas attack on a Jerusalem mall were ...

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The Living Museum Within Bears Ears National Monument

  • May 15, 2017 20:42
Indian Creek and Cliffside, Bears Ears National Monument

Southeast Utah's Bears Ears National Monument has been called the "Sistine Chapel" of the West for its ancient wall etchings, notes the New York Times. Some 100,000 archaeological sites comprise this 1.3-million acre landscape known for its cultural significance as a living museum, its ...

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U.S. Received Influx of $100 Million in Artifacts from Egypt and Turkey in 2016

  • Live Science
  • March 22, 2017 13:50
U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) repatriated five illegally smuggled ancient artifacts to the government of Egypt, including a mummy hand from the 8th century BCE, in Dec.  2016.

Live Science reports that about $50 million in artifacts were shipped from each Egypt and Turkey to the United States in 2016  — the highest annual value from each of those countries in at least 20 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau documents. Documents reveal that antique gold coins made ...

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Mosul Museum Retaken by Iraqi Forces

  • Reuters
  • March 07, 2017 22:44
Video still of ISIS militant damaging the Assyrian winged bull.

Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured the main government building in Mosul, the central bank branch and the museum where three years ago the militants filmed themselves destroying priceless statues, reports Reuters. Dozens of Islamic State fighters were killed in an overnight raid, according to ...

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Egypt Reopens the Museum of Islamic Art, Renovates Historic Home of French Archaeologist

  • February 20, 2017 16:08
Stoppelaere house

Cultural preservation moved forward in Egypt over the past month. Terrorist attacks have slumped tourism to popular sites, but recent efforts have successfully reviltalized landmarks, including the Cairo museum damaged by a car bomb three years ago. Egyptian President Al-Sisi hosted UNESCO ...

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Iranian Museum Exhibits Over 500 Artifacts Repatriated From the West

  • Tehran Times
  • February 09, 2017 21:27
National Museum of Iran

Some 558 historical artifacts including sculptures, earthenware, coins and jewelry, repatriated from Western museums over the last two years, went on display Monday at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Tehran Times reports: "Last November, 30 historical artifacts which had been smuggled ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

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Swiss Art Dealer Sues Getty Museum for $77 Million

  • Courthouse News Service
  • January 17, 2017 20:37
A statue from the Torlonia collection.

In a federal lawsuit on Jan. 12, a Swiss art dealer claimed that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles unfairly dropped it from a deal for a portion of a multi-billion dollar private collection of Roman antiquities that the dealer was brokering, reports Courthouse News. Phoenix Art, of Geneva, claims ...

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NYT Debuts New Series of Guides to Iconic Museums

  • New York Times
  • January 04, 2017 20:19
DETAIL: Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft) ca.  1662–63.  Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 18 in.  (51.4 x 45.7 cm)

The New York Times debuted "Make the Most of The Met," a guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It highlights the best of the museum's offerings and offers tips to help visitors on their journey through one of America's most visited museums. Daniel McDermon, an editor on the culture desk, walks ...

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Ancient City Discovered in Egypt

  • MSN
  • November 27, 2016 16:52
Entrance to Temple of Luxor in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 7,000 years, containing huts, tools, pottery and huge graves. It lies by the river Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos. Experts say the size of the 15 newly discovered graves ...

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Art Historian Decries Toledo Museum of Art's Sale of Antiquities

  • Toledo Blade
  • October 24, 2016 22:29
Apulian red-figured kantharos

Toledo native Joan Connelly, a renowned art expert, nationally known archaeologist, professor, and winner of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, is vocally opposing the Toledo Museum of Art’s deacquisition of nearly 70 antiquities from its collection at a current auction. A professor of ...

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Italian Mafia Trades Arms-for-Art With ISIS in Libya

  • Daily Beast
  • October 18, 2016 15:10
Still from supposed Islamic State video showing militants destroying artifacts in Iraq's Unesco World Heritage city of Hatra.

Domenico Quirico, a journalist from La Stampa newspaper, recently went undercover as an art collector to expose how looted antiquities are being traded in support of ISIS. Italy’s Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, working with the Neapolitan Camorra criminal gang, has an illicit art-for-weapons ring with ...

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Islamist Extremist Gets 9 Years in Prison for Destroying Cultural Heritage Sites

  • September 28, 2016 13:47
Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague sentenced Islamic extremist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to nine years in prison for destroying Muslim shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. The case represents the first prosecution for the destruction of a cultural heritage site as a war crime. ...

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National Gallery of Australia to Get $11 Million in Compensation for Stolen Statue

  • ABC
  • September 26, 2016 21:38
Dancing Shiva — a 900-year-old bronze statue — was returned to India in 2014.

The Supreme Court of New York has granted a motion in favour of a $11 million payment to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), as compensation for its purchase of a stolen Indian antiquity from disgraced New York art dealer Subhash Kapoor that was later returned to India. The court has ...

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Proceeds From Museum Visits in Italy on Sunday to Help Repair Quake Damage

  • August 25, 2016 13:11
Affresco della Madonna in trono con Bambino benedicente - Santuario dell'Icona Passatora (Amatrice)

The deadly magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday devastated the medieval towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, the village of Pescara del Tronto, and the surrounding region. By Thursday, the death toll came to 250 with victims still being pulled from the rubble. Images of ...

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