Antique Scams

Internet posse roots out auction fraud

Iffy eBay goods draw ire of Internet posse: Cyber-vigilantes track down sellers of questionable items—often with blessing of overworked authorities I was going to comment on a similar story yesterday, but didn’t quite find the time. Today I just couldn’t miss the opportunity again. I encourage you all to read it. It reminds us...

Misrepresentations of antiques at the highest levels

*shudder* I just read this article about an antiques scandal that I just couldn’t pass without comment. [you can read it here: Furniture Restorer Accuses Antiques Dealer of Deception] I doubt that I will ever be able to purchase antiques from auction houses like Christie’s or Sotheby’s (unless my husband’s devoted efforts with the...

A road well traveled

The antiques world is fascinating. Unfortunately, because of the abundance and the value of antiques, they are targets for criminals all over the world. For example, check out this story from Standart News: Antiques Are Smuggled in Bulgaria Through Drug traffic Channels The police say that there are about 200,000 treasure hunters in Bulgaria,...

British stolen antiques fence sentenced

Philip Capewell will have around five years to think about what he’s done. On April 25 an English judge sentenced the man for handling valuable antiques stolen from a couple, who was tied up in their country house, and threatened with various tortures like having thier fingernails pulled out if they didn’t tell the...

Orlando man arrested for selling fake coins

The sad reality of the antique coin market right now is that there are an awful lot of fakes coming out, especially being manufactured in China. This guy in Orlando – busted faking it in the land of Mickey – is just barely one blade of grass in a large lawn.

Antiques scandal rocking the U.K. biz

When the story broke last week about a restorer, Dennis Buggins, in England who alleges that many dealers, including one very high-end dealer in London, John Hobbs, had been selling his restored pieces at highly inflated prices as rare antiques, I wrote something hastily and put it on the Web. Quickly after posting that,...

FL antique thief busted

Good for the Palm Beach police department and the antiques community there. The cops busted a guy that had lifted several thousand dollars worth of antiques from four different shops. Sad thing is that he probably wouldn’t have been caught or pursued by the police if he hadn’t been involved in a hit-and-run shortly...

Upper Midwest antiques malls hit by roving gang of thieves

I’d love to get my hands on these punks that have been hitting several antiques malls  – cleaning them out of thousands of dollars of merch – in the Upper Midwest, mainly Illinois and Wisconsin, as reported here by Maine Antiques Digest. The story contains a link to the Roscoe Antiques Mall, a huge...