How Art Theft Underreporting Hurts the Market

Bill Anderson Blog, News

A recent piece in the Spanish paper, El Pais, reported the theft of five Francis Bacon paintings from a home in Madrid. Major Art Theft Unreported for Eight Months That’s bad enough news, but making it worse is the fact that the theft occurred last June and wasn’t reported for over eight months. I can only speculate on the reason …

Waiting Until Art Theft Happens to Someone Else?

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A highly respected expert in art theft in Europe recently came out in a UK newspaper with claims that museums there were doing too little to protect their collections from. Tan Cremers, the former head of security at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and now an ombudsman in security matters, said that museums across Europe were “lethargic” in reacting to (art) thefts at …

Securing historical artifacts – a set up for failure

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A break-in occurred at the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA last week and 3 antique firearms with significant historical and monetary value were taken. This unfortunate event points up a universal quandary in protecting historic artifacts, in particular. It also points up the failure on the part of management to grasp the threat and to take proper measures to …

Why the Pundits have it Wrong

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News last week of the recovery of a Stradivarius violin, more specifically the Ames Stradivarius, was welcome. Once again the pundits got it right with the remark that: “Stolen Stradivarius violins, like famous purloined paintings, are hard to sell because they are so recognizable.” This is comfort for someone who doesn’t mind the disappearance of a valuable asset for 35 years. And …