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by Benjamin Sutton on August 30, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: the makers of a Millennium Falcon–shaped shed struck back, a thief attempted to hold a sculpture ransom, and a painting of a nude man with a teapot set local prudes boiling.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on August 23, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a cycling-themed cow statue goes missing, one art dealer sues another over a Jeff Koons sculpture, and a former guard takes the Metropolitan Museum to court.

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by Benjamin Sutton on August 16, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: two men tried to steal a copy of a Banksy, a sculptural tribute to Trump was set on fire, and Alec Baldwin accused Mary Boone of selling him the wrong Ross Bleckner painting.

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by Benjamin Sutton on August 2, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Norwegian youths destroyed a stone-age engraving of a skier, Mary Boone sued an art adviser over allegedly ill-gotten KAWS works, and a Salvador Dalí sculpture was vandalized in Quebec City.

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by Benjamin Sutton on July 5, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: an abducted alien sculpture was recovered, a recovering meth addict returned a stolen Thomas Kinkade sculpture, and wild Winnipeggers smashed a public art installation.

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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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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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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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