Antique Theft

Antique Trader 3-19 preview, comin’ at ya’

Here’s a first look at our March 19 issue, a special for the Atlantique City Antiques Show, which is owned by Trader’s parent company, F+W Publications. It’ll be a glossy front with an extra 5,000 copies distributed at AC on March 29-30, 2008 at the Altantic City Convention Center. I’ll be there. If you...

ART POTTERY THEFT IN OHIO – Be on the lookout

APPROXIMATELY 175 PIECES OF AMERICAN ART POTTERY STOLEN HILLARD, OH – Between 3:15 P.M. on Monday, February 25, 2008, and 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, approximately 175 pieces of American Art Pottery were stolen from Belhorn Auction Services, LLC in the Columbus suburb of Hilliard, Ohio.  Also stolen was a cargo trailer...

Things aren’t going to get any easier for Russ Pritchard

Disgraced former Antiques Roadshow appraiser Russ Pritchard entered a guilty plea in a Bucks County, PA court yesterday, and is now on the hook for $6,800 to a woman he bilked when he sold her heirlooms and never paid up. The sad thing – besides Pritchard’s agonizing fall from grace – is that the...

Carnival glass stolen from Stillwater, MN Mall

Large glass theft from an antique mall in Stillwater, MN. I hope they catch the person who did this. If you’re in the MN region, meaning the upper Midwest, beware someone peddling several thousand dollars worth of Carnival glass. Stories like this, and there are plenty, do indeed make me wonder how often this...

A good point about the stupidity of fine art theft

Kristy at Here Be Old Things, one of my favorite NYC blogs, sounds off on art thieves and how stupid most of them have to be. I couldn’t agree with her more, and have railed against the fools before. After all, as she points out in both her commentary and her links, where are...

Buying stolen antiques online – a cautionary tale

Bad things do happen, even to antiques people and even in the South.   This is a story from a Nashville TV station – Newschannel 5 – about a guy whose rental was broken into, in Nashville, and who had $3,000 worth of antiques stolen from his house. A few months later he finds...

U.K. busts stolen antique jewelry fence

Good for the Brits! If the U.S. would police and regulate traffic in stolen antiques more often than we might have less of a problem with scammers hurting dealers at shop shows and auctions. Check out the story here.

Drug bust jewels auctioned in Richmond, Feb. 20

This was sent to me too late to get into the print version of Trader, but sounds like a good sale for a good cause, from Motley’s, in Richmond, VA. Richmond Auction House Sells Jewelry Seized In City Drug Bust.Proceeds Help Police In Fight Against Drugs RICHMOND, VA — Motley’s Auction & Realty Group...