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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on January 26, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: eight museum workers charged over King Tut’s botched beard, thieves drive off with a trailer full of blue-chip art, and sculptures of a heart, a cheetah, and a hockey-playing beaver go missing.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on January 12, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: an art analysis assignment gets a teacher suspended, new reality TV show allegedly glorifies ‘grave-robbing,’ and Justin Bieber climbs a Mayan ruin and pulls his pants down.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on January 5, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: vandals attack Jackie Chan’s sculptures in Taiwan, Abe Lincoln’s hand goes missing from Illinois museum, and an advertising student claims an agency ripped off his poster design.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on December 29, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: photos of same-sex couples are vandalized, Justin Bieber’s street stencil campaign irks San Francisco, and a man wearing a panda hat steals art from a King Kong fast food restaurant.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on December 22, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a photographer sued Jeff Koons over a painting from 1986, an art thief tagged the artist in an Instagram post of his loot, and Nicolas Cage agreed to return a stolen dinosaur skull.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on December 8, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Ukrainian militias flood the market with stolen paintings, a museum security guard is sacked for on-the-job vandalism, and a British art forger does it for love.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on November 10, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a cow sculpture gets tipped, Warhol prints get ripped, and Lil Wayne’s collection gets raided.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on November 3, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: teens take (and immediately return) a Mr. Brainwash sculpture, Kimye’s pastor appropriates Wynwood street art murals, and a shark photographer goes after the new Steve Jobs biopic.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on October 27, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: refugees reject Banksy’s gesture, Hobby Lobby family investigated for Iraqi loot acquisition, and art that looks like trash gets tossed.

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Someone in Detroit celebrated Columbus Day this year by taping an ax to a bust commemorating the explorer, splashing on some red paint for full dramatic effect.

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