Antique Theft

Reward offered for stolen Taylor Cook doorstop

The owner is offering a $300 reward for information leading to the return of a stolen doorstop and the arrest of those who stole it. The missing doorstop is a Taylor Cook No. 1, copyright 1930. It was stolen while on display at the Elm Bank Reservation Antiques Show and Sale in Wellesley, Mass.,...

$25,000 reward for help recovering stolen Giaquinto antique fine art

Robert Wittman Inc. has asked Antique Trader for its help in recovering “Spring” and “Summer,” important oils by Corrado Giaquinto, which were stolen June 1, 1960 from a private home in Washington. A reward of up to $25,000 has been offered for information resulting in the recovery of these stolen works. Shown at left...

A slow economic recovery hurts archive preservation, too

The last year saw many historical auctions perform better than most auctioneers and industry spotters could have ever predicted. This growing trend doesn’t get a lot of critical attention in the mainstream media, well, except for the six-figure price tags. It appears our nation’s history is being sold off to the highest (private) bidder....

Which celebs’ sigs are faked? Top 10 list of most dangerous vintage celebrity autographs

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Buyers beware: many alleged Babe Ruth autographs are bogus, many purported Elvis Presley signatures should be marked “return to sender.”   Over half of the signatures of some famous sports, historical and entertainment figures submitted in 2010 to PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Santa Ana, Calif. were judged to be fakes.  Babe...

$48 million forgery claim rocking contemporary art world

Fine and contemporary art collectors are just now discovering that a years-long  scam passed forgeries of important 20th-century paintings through major antiques auction houses such as Christie’s in London. The Observer broke the news yesterday and claims the forgeries are so exact many collectors are seeking extra reassurances their investments are authentic. The Observer...

Art Loss Register recovers Dieppe carved ivory box

Relying on its one-of-a-kind, international database of over 300,000 lost and stolen items, the Art Loss Register has recovered an ivory box stolen from a private residence in , while the theft victim sat rooms away. The theft of the delicately crafted box, executed by famed French draftsman Charles-Etienne Thomas (1787-1857), occurred in December...