Antique Theft

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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.

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...

Search still on for looted Iraqi antiquities

This is from the L.A. Times. It’s all about the amount of antiquities still missing after being looted when Baghdad fell. That was five years ago today, btw. At first it was thought the damage done by theft was much much greater, and anyone who loves art and history looked on in horror as...

Beware fake antique whiskey in Scotland… and online!

This doesn’t say anything about whether the whiskey’s any good, but the bottles most certainly aren’t. This comes via a Chicago Web site called The Chicago Syndicate. It’s a fun Web site, but the story is real, and serious. There are a lot of folks out there that take their antique whiskey bottles –...

Fine Art still, like omg, SO HOT in Europe…

Here’s a report from one of my favorite modern art blogs, Modern Art Obsession, on the recent Dutch TEFAF Antqiues Show, probably the most high-end show in Europe, if not the world. The post focuses mostly – and glibly, so don’t be offended – on the sale of a Jackson Pollock for something like...