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Crimes of the Art

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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Crimes of the Art

On this week’s art crime blotter: an SFMOMA café started selling half-baked copies of art-themed desserts, torch-carrying protesters raided Stonehenge, and cops got in trouble for a making a sand sculpture of a nude murder victim.

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Crimes of the Art

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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Crimes of the Art

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

On this week’s art crime blotter: artists demand their work back from LA’s bankrupt Ace Gallery, a billionaire collector realizes she’s been missing a Picasso since 2009, and art dealer Perry Rubenstein is arrested and charged with embezzlement.

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Crimes of the Art

On this week’s art crime blotter: seven Andy Warhol prints went missing from a museum, two men were arrested as authorities recovered a stolen Edvard Munch, and a Russian cultural critic was murdered.

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Crimes of the Art

On this week’s art crime blotter: an artist sued two dealers for plotting to split up and sell off his installation, the Pompidou’s former managing director racked up €40,000 in taxi fees, and a group of art students accused their professor of being a sleazeball.

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Crimes of the Art

On this week’s art crime blotter: a UFO museum’s flying saucer sculpture was stolen and smashed, a Japanese dealer was arrested trying to unload a $1.1 million antiquity, and Cambridge University tried to cover up the theft of a model skull.

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Crimes of the Art

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

On this week’s art crime blotter: two tourists were arrested for taking naked pictures at Machu Picchu, a Snapchat post led police to a stolen sculpture, and ancient Mesopotamian artifacts were found at a refugee camp in Slovenia.