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NYC Prosecutors Seek Custody of $100M in Artifacts

Telegraph / April 16th, 2015

New York City prpsecutors are asking a judge for custody of a trove of 2,622 Hindu and Buddhist treasures plundered from South Asia and seized by U.S. authorities. New York storage facilities were raided from 2012 to 2014 to recover the relics as part of the investigation of art dealer Subhash ...

Is Egypt's Equivalent of the Mona Lisa a Fake?

History / April 7th, 2015

Francesco Tiradritti, a professor at the Kore University of Enna who serves as director of the Italian archaeological mission to Egypt, has dropped a bombshell: He believes “Meidum Geese” was most likely painted not during the 4th dynasty of ancient Egypt, but in the 19th century, reports ...

Tourists Killed in Shooting Attack on Tunisian Museum

AP / March 18th, 2015

A shooting attack Wednesday at the site of Tunisia's largest museum ended with 21 people killed, including 17 tourists. Two of those killed were gunmen after a firefight with security forces. The dead tourists came from Italy, Poland, Germany and Spain, said officials. Some may have been ...

Colonial Williamsburg Offers to Help Protect Iraq's Artifacts, Cyber Attack Follows

ArtfixDaily / March 12th, 2015

The website of Colonial Williamsburg -- -- was hacked last weekend in one of several cyber attacks on U.S. websites by a group claiming to be Islamic State. The incident followed an event at Colonial Williamsburg where president Mitchell Reiss, a former senior U.S. ...

Did ISIS Destroy Replicas at Mosul Museum?

channel 4 / February 28th, 2015

The attack on antiquities by ISIS militants at the Nineveh Museum in Mosul, Iraq, last week might not have been as damaging as appears in the video. Experts say many of the statues destroyed in the propaganda piece were actually replicas. An Assyrian winged bull sculpture dating from ...

ISIS Destroys Ancient Artifacts at Mosul Museum

ArtfixDaily / February 26th, 2015

Artifacts from the birthplace of civilization were destroyed by Islamic militants. A 5-minute video posted Thursday shows fighters smashing statues dating from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires at Iraq's largest museum. A man in the video cites Mohammed's destruction of idols in Mecca as ...

Historians Capture World Heritage Site with 3D Laser Scanner

Live Science / February 24th, 2015

Historians Charles Matz and Jonathan Michael Dillon went to the Muslim holy city of Harar in Ethiopa to take 3D scans of the city's historic structures. They captured the crumbling contours of the UNESCO world heritage site, and in the process, created a new form of art by also digitally ...

Beard Glued Back on Damaged King Tut Mask

AL / January 22nd, 2015

The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with

$58 Million in Looted Antiquities Discovered by Authorities

Christian Science Monitor / January 22nd, 2015

Warehouses owned by a Basel-based art dealer and his wife have yielded a haul of $58 million worth of looted antiquities, say Italian authorities.

U.N. Report Says Some 300 Cultural Sites Damaged in Syria

LA Times / December 30th, 2014

A report issued by the U.N. body known as UNOSAT counts 24 cultural heritage locations as being totally destroyed in Syria. There are about 300 sites damaged...

British Museum Angers Greece with Elgin Marble Loan to Hermitage

CNN / December 7th, 2014

Amid sanctions imposed by NATO nations on Russia over actions in Crimea and Ukraine, Great Britain has loaned "a marble ambassador of a European ideal" with a cultural message for Moscow.

Amal Clooney Advises Greece on Legal Bid for British Museum's Elgin Marbles

Daily Mail / October 15th, 2014

Actor George Clooney's new bride, Amal Alamuddin Clooney is going to bat for Greece in a quest to return the famed 2,000-year-old Elgin Marbles at the British Museum to their homeland.

Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

$27 Million Sale of Egyptian Statue Stirs Controversy

BBC / July 13th, 2014

A 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue expected to raise about £6m sold for £15.76m ($27 Million) at Christie's in London on Thursday.

Getty's 'Victorious Youth' Once Again in Custody Battle

LA Times / May 8th, 2014

One of the prized attractions on view at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif., is the subject of a legal dispute for a third time. In Rome this week...

Sicily Suddenly Cancels Traveling Exhibition of Antiquities

Plain Dealer / July 11th, 2013

A major traveling exhibition of ancient treasures has been cancelled on mid-tour after Sicilian cultural authorities decided the extended loans were hurting their tourist economy. Now on view at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the exhibition...

Latin American Countries Demand Halt to Antiquities Auction

ArtfixDaily / March 21st, 2013

A Sotheby's auction of 300 pre-Columbian objects set to sell this weekend in Paris has been denounced by four Latin American countries. Mexico, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica have cited...

Cleveland Museum of Art Hires First Provenance Researcher

ArtfixDaily / February 14th, 2013

In the light of increasing scrutiny on artworks with dubious histories as Nazi loot and antiquities illegally lifted from ancient lands, many American museums are looking harder at the provenance of works in their own collections as well as new acquisitions.

Museum Group Tightens Guidelines on Antiquities Acquisitions

LA Times / January 31st, 2013

Five years ago--in response to complaints from Greece, Italy, Egypt and other countries--the Assn. of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) gave its members stricter guidelines for acquiring pieces originating from ancient lands. Now the AAMD...

Police Arrest 3 People for Museum Theft in Greece

ArtfixDaily / November 25th, 2012

Three men were arrested for their connection to an armed robbery at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia in Greece last February, say police.