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Association for Research into Crimes against Art

 

The Quest for Justice

Criminal acts against works of art happen more frequently than the public imagines. The stories of these objects range from the dramatic to the all but forgotten. Art works are plundered during war, dug up for profit, stolen from museums, laundered on the art market and sometimes held as collateral by organised crime groups. Art will always attract criminals. Not because criminals are charmed or fascinated by it more than other people, but because with it, there will always be a market.

The (il)licit art market

Stolen Buddha goes home

Camorra and Van Gogh thefts

Conflict antiquities trade

Where has your art been?

Complexities of restitution

Syria's looted heritage

War and plunder in Koh Ker

Provenance and restitution

Organised crime, museum theft and bank robbery

On Wednesday the Berlin public prosecutor's office and the state criminal police provisionally seized 77 properties, including apartments, houses and land belonging to members of the "Lebanese" Kurdish extended family "Remmo" worth an estimated 9.3 million euros....