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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 28, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a Florida man beheaded a 13th-century statue, a man was arrested under suspicion of stealing a trailer full of blue-chip art, and a 300-pound sculpture of a bear turned up 700 miles from where it went missing.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 7, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a solid gold and diamond-encrusted statue of an eagle was stolen, a subversive Malaysian street artist was charged with “violating multimedia laws,” and a gnome sculpture went missing.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 31, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Spanish police arrested seven people for Francis Bacon heist, a Picasso thief preyed on a Chelsea gallery, and an artist lost his head after someone stole his guillotine sculpture.

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Just when you’d thought you’d seen it all when it comes to art-breaking mishaps (selfie seekers, I’m looking at you), along comes this incredible footage from China of two boys fracturing a sculpture in the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 17, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a psychedelic zebra sculpture was stolen and recovered, an arts organization shuttered following an embezzlement fiasco and lye attack, and vandals smashed a David Bowie painting.

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For those temped to leave graffiti on the base camp of the Chinese side of Mount Everest, known as Mount Qomolangma, think again: your name may appear on a public list, distributed to and publicized by news outlets.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 3, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: an MFA student’s sculpture about campus gun laws violated campus gun laws, collector Aby Rosen forked over $7 million in unpaid taxes on art, and the painter of the Donald Trump micropenis portrait was attacked by one of the candidate’s supporters.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on April 19, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: police took down a noose art installation, the leader of a Chinese antiquities looting ring was sentenced to death, and someone stole a public sculpture of a porcupine.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on March 22, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a museum’s photography contest backfired terribly, the alleged perps behind Verona’s €15 million art heist were arrested, and a trove of books on medieval witch hunts stolen by the Nazis was recovered.

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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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