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2013-11-10 12:21:21

BERLIN, Nov. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deidre Berger, director of the AJC Berlin Ramer Institute, is urging the German government to launch a concerted effort to restitute art stolen by the Nazi government from its rightful owners. Her call for action, in an interview with the online German newsmagazine Fokus, comes in the wake of the discovery in a Munich apartment of more than 1,400 paintings and artworks confiscated or purchased under value by Nazi officials. Most of the...

2013-10-29 12:26:40

AMSTERDAM, October 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Netherlands Museums Association presents the conclusions of the investigation into the provenance of works of art in Dutch museums, Museum Acquisitions from 1933 Onwards. A total of 139 objects of art have been identified in the 162 participating museums. These objects are either thought or known to have been looted, confiscated or sold under duress in the period between 1933 and 1945 under the Nazi regime. Many of them...

2013-04-24 12:28:11

OTTAWA, April 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding of almost $200,000 that will enable Canadian museums to contribute to a key international research effort on the provenance of Holocaust-era works of art. The theft and displacement of art and other cultural property occurred on an unprecedented...

2010-10-18 02:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Nazi records and photographs of the looting of more than 20,000 individual art objects from Jews in France and Belgium are now online in a searchable database, which shows that at least half the objects have not been restituted to their original owners. This new listing - searchable by item, artist, owner, and whether items have been returned - should be consulted by museums, art dealers, and auction houses to determine whether they hold any...

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2009-05-05 09:54:43

Having worked for 25 years at fragile archaeological sites in Peru, UCLA archaeologist Charles "Chip" Stanish held his breath when the online auction house eBay launched more than a decade ago. "My greatest fear was that the Internet would democratize antiquities trafficking, which previously had been a wealthy person's vice, and lead to widespread looting," said the UCLA professor of anthropology, who directs the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Indeed, eBay has drastically altered the...

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2009-02-26 19:23:17

Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan has denounced as shameful the way two Chinese relics were sold off at a Christie's auction in Paris. The Qing dynasty bronze fountainheads shaped like a rabbit and a rat and allegedly looted from Beijing's Summer Palace during the second Opium War in 1860 were sold to undisclosed buyers this week for $18 million apiece after China attempted to block the auction on the grounds the treasures were stolen. Possessed by numerous owners through the years, the statues...

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2007-08-16 18:15:00

By VERONIKA OLEKSYN VIENNA, Austria - A medieval cross that was hidden from the Nazis and ended up in the trash could be worth more than a half-million dollars, police said Thursday. A woman looking for old crockery in a trash container in the western Austrian town of Zell am See stumbled upon the piece in 2004, Salzburg police said Thursday, when they announced the find. The woman, who has not been identified, apparently did not know what she had found and stashed the cross behind her...

2006-07-25 14:44:39

By Torrye Jones NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many U.S. art museums have not done enough to determine whether they hold art looted from Holocaust victims, a Jewish advocacy group said on Tuesday. The group published a survey showing that while many museums had done much to establish whether their collections included "covered objects" -- works that might have been stolen by the Nazis -- others had considerable work still to do. "The average age of Holocaust survivors is over 80," said Gideon...

2006-01-25 18:07:19

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Getty Villa, the Malibu antiquities showcase inspired by an oil billionaire's love of ancient Rome, reopens on Saturday after an eight-year renovation -- and the timing could hardly be worse. The long-awaited reopening of the spectacular ocean-side Villa, regarded as one of the cultural landmarks of Los Angeles, has been clouded by allegations that one of the world's richest art institutions used its muscle to acquire looted artifacts....

2005-12-23 12:55:25

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...