Art Loss Register

The ALR is a private database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectables. Its range of services includes item registration, search and recovery services to collectors, the art trade, insurers and worldwide law enforcement agencies.

The origin of the ALR was The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), a not-for-profit organisation based in New York. In an attempt to deter international art theft, IFAR established an art theft archive in 1976 and began publishing the Stolen Art Alert.


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Art Loss Register launches catalogue database

07 May 2018

The Art Loss Register (ALR) has launched a catalogue business to offer a searchable digital archive of art and antiques auctions dating back as far as the 1880s.

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Art Loss Register recovers stolen Matisse sculpture purchased for less than 1% of its value

09 November 2017

A bronze statue by Henri Matisse has been rediscovered after it was stolen nearly 30 years ago.

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Stolen Chinese jades make 10 times their estimates years later

08 July 2017

Four Chinese jade vessels have sold for 10 times their estimate after being stolen more than 12 years ago.

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Old Master returned to Poland

02 May 2017

An Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.

Simon de Vlieger painting

Old Master marine painting looted by Nazis returned to Poland

01 May 2017

Dutch Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.

Art Loss Register doubles subscriptions with 100th user

04 August 2016

The Art Loss Register has doubled its number of subscribers over the past three years.

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Two stolen paintings return to Italy after 22 years

07 June 2016

Two large Old Master paintings worth up to €180,000 (£123,530) have been returned to Italy 22 years after they were stolen.

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.

Two art recovery agencies in dispute

01 February 2016

An increasingly bitter spat between two UK art recovery agencies – the Art Loss Register and the Art Recovery Group – has reached the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

Art Loss Register launch stolen watch database

15 April 2015

The Art Loss Register has launched a database dedicated to stolen watches, one they say can help anyone buying, selling or providing loans against second-hand wristwatches.

Former colleague launches rival to Art Loss Register

17 October 2013

Christopher Marinello, formerly General Counsel for the Art Loss Register, has announced that he is setting up a rival operation, Art Recovery International, a London-based partnership that specialises in recovering stolen, missing, and looted works of art.

Major recovery shows why storage firms need better due diligence, says ALR

05 March 2012

THE recovery of more than 400 lost works by Dutch artist Karel Appel has led to a call for storage companies to tighten their due diligence on objects they handle.

Book dealers the focus of business rates debate

09 November 2009

CECIL Court, the pedestrian thoroughfare in the West End of London that is home to around 20 antiquarian book dealers, has become the focus of a wider political debate on business rates.

Art Loss Register react to concern over ‘sting’ tactics

02 April 2008

The Art Loss Register (ALR) have defended their decision to mislead Kent dealer Michael Marks in the Souza paintings case after members of the trade expressed strong concern at the agency’s actions.

Failure to keep proper records costs dealer hundreds of thousands

17 March 2008

A DEALER has had to hand over £300,000 worth of paintings after a judge ruled that his records were not sufficient to show he had acquired them in good faith. He is also facing what is anticipated to be a six-figure bill for costs.

Court ruling returns masterpieces

07 February 2006

THE Art Loss Register has announced the recovery of four valuable paintings stolen 27 years ago in a £30m theft.

Paris court intervenes after claim that Cézanne was looted by Nazis

07 November 2000

FRANCE: A Paris court has granted a temporary injunction placing a Cézanne painting currently on show at a city museum under legal supervision pending an inquiry into its ownership.

Politicians debate new rules for trade

24 April 2000

UK: LEADING representatives of the trade have given evidence before the Culture Select Committee which is considering whether Britain should introduce new laws to tackle art theft and trade in illegally exported antiques.

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