Arturo Rucci, a former assistant to Scully, has been arrested under suspicion of stealing a triptych from the artist’s studio and consigning it for auction at Bonhams.
Some 15 tile pieces by the French street artist Invader have been pried off city’s walls by two men claiming to be municipal workers.
Miami resident and confessed art thief Marcus Sanford Patmon was arrested on Wednesday after driving a stolen car to Arlington, Virginia, where “he was looking to be pardoned by the Obama administration before the Trump administration came in,” according to an Arlington Police Department spokesperson.
A 60-foot-long mural by street artist Kenny Scharf has been stolen from the East River Esplanade in Harlem for the second time — but at least this time the heist was captured on camera.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On this week’s art crime blotter: a drunken Brexit supporter attacked an artwork featuring a hijab, a specialist disappeared with the possible da Vinci drawing he was asked to authenticate, and thieves who stole stones from a historic battlefield came down with the Gettysburg curse.
On this week’s art crime blotter: Banksy stencil rats were destroyed in Melbourne, an art dealer accused his former partners of selling him $30 million worth of fakes, and a philanthropist sued to get the millions she’d donated to a museum back.
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.
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.