Boulder authorities also uncovered stolen guns, drugs, and work by artist Jane Freilicher.
American Woman Tried to Smuggle 166 Maya Objects From Guatemala
Stephanie Allison Jolluck was apprehended by authorities days after a close call with airport security, who found two 1,000-year-old artifacts in her luggage.
Michigan Art Dealer Swindled Seniors in $1.6M Fraud Scheme
Wendy Halsted Beard defrauded her clients of over 100 photographs, including works by Ansel Adams, and targeted elderly collectors.
Tucked Away in LA For Decades, 2,000-Year-Old Roman Mosaic Returns to Italy
An art attorney contacted the FBI on behalf of an anonymous client who was in possession of a mosaic of Medusa.
Manhattan DA’s Office Is After Its Own Antiquities Trafficking Informant
Lebanese art dealer Georges Lotfi, who once helped authorities seize looted antiquities, is now accused of doing his own share of trafficking too.
Italy Thwarts Potential Illegal Sale of $2M Artemisia Gentileschi Painting
The Carabinieri’s art crime unit said Gentileschi’s masterpiece “Caritas Romana” was on its way to be sold in Vienna.
How Does the FBI Art Crime Team Operate?
“[The art market] provides an opportunity for people to move money in a way that they can’t with other commodities,” says FBI Special Agent Chris McKeogh.
In an Unusual Crime, Someone Threw a Stolen Painting Into the Gardner Museum
The Boston museum, the site of one of history’s most notorious unsolved art crimes, now finds itself indirectly connected to another.
Shining a Black Light on Art Forgery
María Gainza’s novel dives into art-world forgery and false identities amid Argentina’s politics of the 1960s.
Chinese Officials Seize Mao Zedong Bust Filled With Narcotics
Police arrested three people on suspicion of trafficking more than $150,000 worth of drugs, some of which was hidden inside the Communist leader’s noggin.
As Artist’s Murder Trial Drags On, Display of His Work Sparks Uproar
A work by the South African photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa, who is still on trial for the 2013 murder of a sex worker in Cape Town, was included in an exhibition intended to empower women.
Staff Stole 162 Artifacts from Museum of Macedonia
Last Friday, a judge in the Macedonian capital Skopje convicted six employees at the state-owned Museum of Macedonia of stealing objects from the institution’s collection and selling them abroad through an organized crime ring, AFP reported.