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2006-08-11 10:07:19

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - The husband of a curator at the center of a stolen art scandal in Russia said he and his wife were so poor that they stole artefacts from the Hermitage museum to buy insulin for her diabetes, his lawyer said on Friday. The theft of more than 200 silver and enamel pieces from the Hermitage exposed years of under-funding and neglect at Russia's museums, with staff paid paltry wages and no cash for adequate security. President Vladimir Putin has...

2006-08-07 09:06:09

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - The theft of $5 million worth of treasures from the Hermitage museum was an accident waiting to happen, officials said on Monday, appealing for urgent action to secure the priceless collections of Russian museums. The husband and son of a curator at the St Petersburg museum have confessed to stealing at least some of the 221 artifacts over a period of six years. Only six of the objects have been recovered. The museum houses one of the world's...

2006-08-05 04:21:25

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Police investigating the theft of hundreds of artworks from Russia's Hermitage Museum have arrested two suspects, Interfax news agency quoted a source close to the investigation as saying on Saturday. The suspects have confessed to stealing the artifacts, worth about $5 million, over a period of six years with the collusion of a curator at the museum who died suddenly during an audit of the museum's collections, the agency said. "Two people suspected of...

2006-08-01 10:17:03

By Dennis Pinchuk ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Historic Russian art worth nearly $5 million has vanished from the Hermitage, one of the world's greatest museums, its director said on Tuesday, with suspicion falling on members of staff. Auditors noticed the loss of pieces of silver and enamel, made by Russian craftsmen in the Middle Ages and 19th century, in stock-taking last month. News agencies said the lost artworks included icons, religious works and items with precious...

2006-07-28 11:57:08

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's Museum of Fine Arts this week reached a tentative agreement with the Italian government to return objects suspected of being plundered antiquities. The museum will transfer "certain objects of Italian origin in the Museum's collection to Italy," it said in a statement. In return Italy has agreed to loan pieces to the museum to be displayed in special exhibitions, the two sides said. Museum spokeswoman Kelly Gifford would not say which items would be...

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...

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...

2005-12-21 19:41:45

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The nation's main umbrella group for nonprofit foundations has placed the J. Paul Getty Trust, one of the world's richest art institutions, on 60 days probation over allegations of financial misconduct leveled in recent news reports. The action taken by the Washington, D.C.-based Council on Foundations carries no finding of wrongdoing, but is tantamount to a notice that the trust is "not in good standing," council president Steve Gunderson...

2005-11-16 12:07:32

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - A former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles appeared in a Rome court on Wednesday to face charges of acquiring stolen artifacts, in a trial spotlighting the shady side of the global art trade. Prosecutors say the case, part of efforts by the Italian government to crack down on the trade of illegally excavated or stolen archaeological treasures, will put pressure on museums worldwide to verify the origin of the art works they...

2005-08-17 17:07:49

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida state board voted on Wednesday to prohibit an exhibit of human cadavers at a Tampa museum but museum officials said they intend to go ahead with it. The exhibit of 20 preserved human bodies and 260 organs is scheduled to open on Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. But the Florida Anatomical Board voted 4-2 at a meeting on Wednesday to deny approval for the exhibit. The board regulates the distribution of cadavers for research...