25 August 2022


Yousuf Karsh Portrait of Winston Churchill Stolen – Earliest Keith Haring Radiant Baby Auctioned – Meta Set To Launch Art Filled NY HQ

Yousuf Karsh Portrait of Winston Churchill Stolen – Earliest Keith Haring Radiant Baby Auctioned – Meta Set To Launch Art Filled NY HQ

31 March 2020

Early Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum

Police have launched a criminal investigation and are reviewing security footage after a painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen during the early hours of Monday morning from The Singer Laren museum in the town of Laren in Holland. The public gallery is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

15 March 2020

Old Master Paintings Stolen From University Of Oxford Gallery

If you think UK galleries are safe while everyone is panicking from the COVID19 virus think again. Three valuable paintings have been stolen from a University of Oxford art gallery. The haul included a work by 17th century Flemish artist, Anthony Van Dyck.

19 January 2020


Stolen Gustav Klimt Portrait Thieves Confess

A stolen multi-million-pound painting discovered hidden in a false wall has been confirmed as an authentic Gustav Klimt original, Italian authorities have confirmed. The canvas was taken nearly 23 years ago.

14 September 2019

Gold Toilet By Maurizio Cattelan Stolen From Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan’s infamous solid 18-carat gold sculpture of a toilet has been stolen from his exhibition at Blenheim Palace.  Thames Valley Police said that a gang broke into the palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire at about 4:50 BST and stole the artwork.

6 September 2019


Stolen Joshua Reynolds Painting In Japanese Museum Was Sold By Sotheby’s

A painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, stolen from a UK stately home in 1984, has been discovered in the collection of a Japanese museum.

21 July 2019


Constantin Brancusi: Elderly New York Art Collector Sues Lawyer Over Deceit

An elderly New York art collector has taken his Philadelphia attorney to court for cheating him out of millions.

26 January 2019

Banksy Paris Memorial To Bataclan Terror Victims Stolen

How low can you go? Art thieves have made off with a Banksy wall mural in Paris that was painted as a memorial to the Paris terror attack victims in 2015.

19 April 2018

Priceless Chinese Objects Stolen From East Asian Art Museum In Bath

A number of valuable Chinese objects have been reported stolen from a much loved small museum in Bath.

26 December 2017


Stolen Hans Hofmann Paintings Recovered – Scandalous Inside Job Exposed

Part of a collection of Hans Hofmann paintings stolen in 2004 from a New York City-based fine art storage facility has been recovered. Working with the NYPD and the FBI, Art Recovery International negotiated the release of one of the paintings.

12 August 2017


Stolen Willem de Kooning Painting Returns To Museum After 32 Years

Stolen Willem de Kooning Painting Returns To Museum After 32 Years

21 July 2017

Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Worth £30m Found In Spain

Police in Spain have announced that they have recovered three of the five paintings by the British artist Francis Bacon stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015.

6 August 2016


Stolen Albrecht Duerer Engraving Returned To Stuttgart Museum

A long lost Albrecht Duerer engraving titled “Mary crowned by an angel” dating from 1520 has been returned to the Staatsgalerie Art Museum in  Stuttgart. The work disappeared during the Second World War. It was discovered in a French flea market and was in good condition from being stored in a portfolio wrapped in paper.  The bronze engraving  was discovered by a retired […]

13 March 2016


Five Francis Bacon Paintings Reported Missing From Madrid Home

A professional thief has stolen five paintings by the British artist Francis Bacon worth an estimated 30 million euros. The artworks were reported stolen from a Madrid home today. The thieves, disabled the alarm system and the home was surveyed to make sure no one was to return to the premises. The works belonging to a close friend of Bacon were […]

15 December 2015


Historic England Asks The Public For Information On Stolen Public Art

Historic England has launched an appeal to trace some of the most important bronze sculpture of the 20th century, which has gone missing, over the last decade. It is thought that several major artworks created by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Lynn Chadwick have already been destroyed. Created and sited in the open for all […]

21 August 2015


Iconic Andy Warhol Paintings Disappear From Slovakia Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce, Slovakia has for the first time publicly reported that two well known canvases had gone missing. The artworks were loaned by the museum to a private individual who has since vanished. The museum houses the largest collection of the Pop artist’s work outside of the main museum in Pittsburgh USA. […]

14 July 2015


Stolen: Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers $1m Reward Offered

A devoted collector of Wizard of Oz memorabilia has offered a million dollar reward for the return of the famous ‘Ruby Slippers”. The shoes were stolen while on exhibit at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although the shoes disappeared ten years ago they have never been recovered and are feared lost. The sequinned covered costume accessory […]

6 April 2015


Faberge Egg Thief Pleads Guilty In London Courtroom

A thief who stole £800,000 worth of rare Imperial Russian court Fabergé objects and jewellery from Christies Auctioneers last December, has gone on trial in London. Richard Tobin, 45, a Glaswegian confessed to the theft from the west end auction house.  Southwark Crown Court were told that there is still no sign of the missing items. Jack Talbot the suspect’s defence lawyer added: “He […]

23 January 2015


Stolen Dale Chihuly Sculpture Destroyed By Combine Harvester In Corn Field

Four people have been charged with the theft of sculpture by the internalionally renouned artist Dale Chihuly. Sections of the installation were stolen from the Denver Botanic Gardens last summer. Alex Brook, 23, Joseph Parnell, 36, were charged with theft, tampering with evidence and felony criminal mischief. Sean Sorenson, 20, and Auvia Bellamy, 19, were […]

6 August 2014


Helly Nahmad Under Scrutiny For Modigliani Stolen By The Nazis

Back in February 2011 we reported that the disgraced international art dealer Helly Nahmad was in possession of a $20m painting by Amedeo Modigliani, Seated Man with a Cane (1918) that had allegedly been stolen by the Nazis from Oscar Stettiner, a prominent Paris gallerist. In 1939. Stettiner escaped Paris leaving the painting behind. The […]

3 April 2014


Gauguin And Bonnard Stolen From Regents Park Home In 1970 Recovered

Twenty five million pounds worth of stolen London art by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard has been recovered, after hanging on the wall of an Italian Fiat factory worker for nearly 40 years. The masterpieces were revealed in a press conference after police were contacted by the owner’s son who consulted experts, when he saw […]

22 March 2014


Matisse Masterpiece Stolen By Nazis Will Be Restituted To Heirs

A Norwegian museum has agreed to the restitution of a  $20m (£12m) Matisse painting stolen by the Nazis from the highly regarded Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg. The masterpiece was created in 1937 and owned by the dealer, who also represented Picasso and other artists considered degenerate by the Third Reich. In 1941 Rosenberg was […]

16 March 2014


Emil Nolde Church Altarpiece Worth £1m Stolen In Denmark

A Church altarpiece painted  by the German / Danish artist Emil Nolde (1867-1956) has been stolen from a church in Denmark. The work of art titled, Christ at Emmaus, painted in1904, was situated in the Ølstrup Church near Ringkøbing, in western Jutland, Denmark. The masterpiece was found to be missing by the church’s verger on […]

29 November 2012


Turner prize Artist Douglas Gordon Sculpture Stolen From Christie’s

A Solid gold sculpture by the Turner Prize winning artist  Douglas Gordon  valued at £500,000 has been stolen from a Christie’s storage facility in London. The sculpture titled Left Hand and Right Hand Have Left One Another,Created in 2007, disappeared from Christie’s sometime on 28th November. It is  made from solid gold, and has an […]