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Joshua Reynolds portrait

‘Stolen’ Joshua Reynolds portrait at centre of controversy between UK family and Japanese museum

12 September 2019

A Japanese museum has claimed it bought a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds “in good faith and without fault from a respectable art dealer” after it was identified as being stolen from a UK stately home.

 Louis XVI gilt bronze vase

Nazi-looted French vases returned jointly by FBI and Christie’s

12 August 2019

The FBI’s art crime team and auction house Christie’s have returned a pair of Louis XVI bronze vases that were stolen by the Nazis to the heirs of the original Jewish owners.

Book of Hours

Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s

12 April 2019

Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.

Arthur Brand

Stolen Picasso painting from private yacht recovered by the so-called real-life ‘Indiana Jones’ of the art world

01 April 2019

A Pablo Picasso painting missing for nearly 20 years has been recovered by the so-called real-life ‘Indiana Jones’ of the art world.

Jan van der Heyden picture

Nazi-looted painting seized by Adolf Hitler’s photographer finally handed back to heirs of original Jewish owners by German cathedral

21 March 2019

A cathedral in Germany has returned a painting that was seized by the Nazis in 1941 to the heirs of its original Jewish owners. The work had entered the collection of Adolf Hitler’s photographer Heinrich Hoffmann and was found among the numerous works he kept in a castle in Bavaria at the end of the Second World War.

Italian Embassy in London

Christie’s voluntarily returns group of eight looted antiquities to Italy

15 February 2019

A group of eight antiquities that was consigned to Christie’s has been returned to Italy after the works were identified as not having the necessary export and provenance details to be sold.

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Rare manuscripts stolen from London auction house recovered in Italy

11 February 2019

A group of illuminated manuscripts valued at £100,000 that were stolen from a London auction house in 2016 have been recovered in Italy.

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Danish silver collection recovered

04 February 2019

ATG has learned that the collection of rare Danish silver advertised on two pages of ATG No 2359 as stolen has been returned to its owner.

Carnegie Library

Innocent London book dealers caught up in $8m US rare books library theft

30 July 2018

High-profile London book dealers Peter Harrington and Maggs Bros have been left out of pocket after an alleged $8m rare books theft from Carnegie Library in the US.

Antiquity

Coin dealer arrested in London following international looted antiquities investigation

06 July 2018

A coin and antiquities dealer has been arrested as part of an international investigation into a £35m crime network dealing in looted artefacts.

Cranach

Nazi-looted Cranach painting returned to rightful heirs to be sold at Christie’s Old Masters auction

27 March 2018

An Old Master portrait missing for nearly 80 years has been returned to the heirs of Dutch banker and art collector Fritz Gutmann. They now plan to auction the picture with an estimate of $1m-2m.

de Kooning

Willem de Kooning painting stolen 30 years ago resurfaces in US antiques shop

15 August 2017

A $160m (£136m) masterpiece by Dutch-American abstract-impressionist painter Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) that had been stolen from a US museum 30 years ago has been discovered in an antiques shop.

Now we are Six

Stolen first edition of ‘Now we are Six’ returned anonymously

01 August 2017

A first edition of AA Milne’s 'Now we are Six' that disappeared nearly a year ago has been returned to its dealers.

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‘Irreplaceable’ masonic sword stolen in car theft recovered after emerging at London auction

27 July 2017

A masonic ceremonial sword which disappeared in a car theft has been recovered after emerging at a London auction house.

Marinello

Art Recovery Group’s database goes non-profit

16 November 2016

Art Recovery Group, founded by Chris Marinello three years ago as a rival to long-established The Art Loss Register, has split the firm to create a not-for-profit organisation called Artive.

Inverted Jenny stamp

Rare American ‘Inverted Jenny’ stamp recovered

18 April 2016

A rare American stamp stolen in 1955 in one of the most famous thefts in philatelic history has been recovered after turning up at Spink.

Stolen Dutch paintings found in Swiss auction

22 February 2016

The Art Loss Register (ALR) has located two paintings stolen from a home in Amsterdam in 2010.

Blanchard found after 48 years

08 February 2016

A painting of a Parisian street scene stolen in New York has been recovered by the Art Recovery Group. The painting had been consigned to a Miami art gallery in November last year by a private individual.

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Nazi looted Houdon bust returns to Poland

20 November 2015

A late 18th century bust of the Goddess Diana which was looted from the Royal Lazienki Palace in Warsaw by the Nazis has been returned to Poland after emerging at auction in Vienna.

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Valuable Watts and Clausen paintings recovered

07 September 2015

Valuable paintings stolen in a violent raid at a Somerset estate in 2009 have been returned to their original owners after being recovered by private investigators.