Law, crime and regulation

Legal cases, stolen art, regulation and tax issues remain important part of the art and antiques sector.

This category ranges from the levy of the Artist’s Resale Right to controversies over fakes and forgeries.


Robert Gemmell Hutchison’s Children Wading

Picture missing for 35 years returned to Glasgow museum

12 October 2023

A painting by a Scottish Impressionist has been recovered with the help of Art Loss Register (ALR) and Tennants Auctioneers after being stolen in 1989.

Jewellery

Plea to trace stolen jewellery and a watch from Beccles and Bath

07 October 2023

Police in Suffolk have appealed for help to trace antique jewellery stolen from a shop in Beccles.

Declaration and seal

Ivory seal deemed to be of ‘outstanding’ value comes to Cirencester auction

02 October 2023

The sale at Moore Allen & Innocent on October 11-12 includes a series of personal items relating to William Duke of Clarence, later William IV (1765-1837).

British Museum

British Museum steps up recovery plan for stolen jewellery

26 September 2023

The British Museum has begun a series of measures to try to recover the 2000 jewellery items that were stolen from its collection.

Anti-money laundering

Anti-money laundering: prepare for HMRC checks

25 September 2023

Auction houses and art dealers are warned to be prepared for visits from HM Revenue & Customs officials checking anti-money laundering procedures.

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A lawyer writes: Stolen items – it’s wise to know your limitations

18 September 2023

Ownership claims can rest on a six-year restriction and proving good faith

Chris Marinello and Dr Jonathan Oates

Stolen Martinware bird returned to museum after 15 years

14 September 2023

A third stolen Martinware bird has been recovered more than 15 years after it was stolen in west London.

Needle case

Police appeal after antiques stolen from retired Merseyside dealer

06 September 2023

Valuable antiques and jewellery were stolen from a former dealer’s home in Rainford, St Helens and the police are appealing for help.

British Museum

British Museum ‘is being unfair to the trade’ by not releasing list of missing items

04 September 2023

Demands are growing in the antiquities trade for the British Museum to publish a list of objects stolen in an alleged theft from its collection by a member of staff.

Brutus Eid Mar-type gold aureus

Roma Numismatics director Richard Beale admits coin charges

04 September 2023

Richard Beale, director of the London auction house Roma Numismatics, has pleaded guilty to a series of charges in connection with unlawful sales of ancient coins.

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Trade concerns grow after British Museum items ‘offered on eBay’

28 August 2023

Concerns have been raised in the antiquities trade that items allegedly stolen from the British Museum by a staff member and offered on eBay may start emerging on the wider market.

British Museum

British Museum director resigns and apologises in wake of thefts

25 August 2023

British Museum director Hartwig Fischer has announced that he will be stepping down from his position with immediate effect after a series of thefts emerged.

Miniature of Thomas Cromwell

Hever Castle reissues plea for return of miniatures stolen 20 years ago

23 August 2023

Twenty years ago a man walked into Anne Boleyn’s bedroom at Hever Castle and stole five miniature portraits from a glass vitrine cabinet.

Doucai 'chicken cup'

Police appeal for stolen Ming dynasty Chinese doucai cup

22 August 2023

The Metropolitan Police is offering a Serious Crime Reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the recovery of a Ming Dynasty cup stolen in 2019 but still missing.

Amedeo Modigliani picture

Impact of art dealer's collapse revealed by administrators

21 August 2023

Nearly 50 people are hoping to reclaim pictures they had consigned to failed art gallery Trinity House Paintings.

British Museum

Investigation launched after gold jewellery and gemstones stolen from British Museum

17 August 2023

The British Museum is investigating the theft of jewellery and has dismissed a member of staff following the discovery that items from its “collection were found to be missing, stolen or damaged”.

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Liner launcher mallet exempted from ivory trade ban

14 August 2023

The ivory-made launching mallet and silver casket from the ill-fated RMS Empress of Ireland came for sale at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow.

Adams Antiques Fairs

Fairs boost security amid thefts alert

07 August 2023

Market and fair organisers have told ATG they are bolstering security following a spate of recent thefts targeting the jewellery trade.

Sheila Hancock

Plea to help trace missing necklaces

29 July 2023

The antiques and jewellery trade are being asked to look out for a necklace lost by actress and author Dame Sheila Hancock and a locket stolen from a 91-year-old woman.

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Dealer calls on trade and public to aid recovery of stolen Asian art

27 July 2023

JAN Fine Art has asked that the art and antiques trade be aware of two thefts made at its Kensington Church Street, London, premises.

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