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1/1/03

Two works, "Paysage á Vétheuil" by Claude Monet worth $4 million and "La Place de Trinite" by Auguste Renoir worth $2.7 million were stolen from the Gordon Drive home of Lee Anderson sometime Saturday evening through early Sunday morning, authorities say.

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3/2/03

Jailed Dali stolen

A drawing Dali did for the dining room of Riker's Island has been stolen from an area that's only accessible to the prison staff.

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4/27/03

The University of Chicago has put a website up, to help catalog and hopefully recover some of the treasures lost in the inexcusable looting of the museums in Baghdad.

In the days following the conquest of Baghdad the Iraq Museum was looted. Reports on the damage vary--the number of lost or stolen objects varies between 50,000 to 200,000. Irrespective of numbers, the losses not only to the world of a archaeology but to mankind in general are tremendous .  This site contains Oriental Institute images of objects from the Iraq Museum, sorted by categories. Other images were scanned from books and are posted here with permission of the publishers.

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4/27/03

The Baghdad Museum Project

HELP SAVE THE BAGHDAD MUSEUM
An Open Letter to the Global Community


April 18, 2003

Dear Friend,

This is "day one" of a call to help save the Baghdad Museum.

Your creative involvement is urgently needed.

As you know, the Baghdad Museum -- or the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad -- has been looted, stripping it of a priceless collection of cultural artifacts dating back to the dawn of civilization.

As you will see from the "museum walkthrough" presented here, these are major historical treasures not only for the Iraqi people but for all humanity as well.

How can we respond to this cultural catastrophe?

Let's use this as an opportunity to promote better dialogue among our cultures!

The Baghdad Museum Project proposes a 4-part program to not only help save the museum but also to bring about improved relations in the international community. We propose to:

Establish a comprehensive online catalog
of all cultural artifacts in the Baghdad Museum to help locate them, discourage illegal dealing in these antiquities, and encourage their safe return to the museum's curators in Baghdad.

  1. Create a virtual Baghdad Museum, a content-rich website -- free to the general public -- based on the Baghdad Museum collection, in order to stimulate cross-cultural appreciation and dialogue. We anticipate that this site would feature the best search and navigation tools, including interactive streaming video, GIS, 3D navigation, and online classrooms.

  2. Build a 3D collaborative workspace within the virtual Baghdad Museum, to allow international teams to work together on renovation designs, exhibit layouts, and new building proposals for the museum in Baghdad, as well as fundraising programs for construction and events.

  3. Establish a resource center for community cultural development within the virtual Baghdad Museum, offering experiences, ideas and success stories that show how people can contribute creatively to their own culture, and thereby strengthen their historical memory.


No matter what your area of expertise, you bring something valuable to the table.

For example:

  • If you are an author or researcher, we ask that you post your work or commentary on our site for non-commercial publication.
  • If you have photographs of pieces from the collection, we urge you to submit them for our online catalog.
  • If you are a programmer or an IT professional, we need project leads and programming teams.
  • If you have been involved with the Iraq National Museum, we need your help in creating the most realistic online reproduction possible of the original museum space.
  • If you are an artist, an architect, a graphic designer, your creative contributions will be prominently featured throughout this site.


Your company, agency, organization, institution or community has much to offer as well. A project like this requires a full range of professional services and expert advice in order to be a success. Your support will show the kind of leadership role you can take on in these times of cultural turmoil.

We are committed to mobilizing and sustaining the community that will help save the Baghdad Museum. All we need is your active participation.

Thank you for your attention. Looking forward to your response.

Sincerely,

John Simmons
Chairman
The Baghdad Museum Project
BaghdadMuseum.org

Please respond to:
JohnSimmons@BaghdadMuseum.org

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11/2/03

In an operation worthy of a major movie, Guatemalan authorities have recovered an important Maya stone altar from looters.

US archaeologists and Mayan villagers aided the six-month investigation, which led to several arrests. Three ringleaders will go on trial in January. Archaeologists are now deciphering the text, which they hope will help them understand the fall of Mayan civilisation shortly after it was engraved in 796 AD.

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11/13/04

.. art theft can be an extremely lucrative endeavor. Interpol has estimated that it is the fourth most profitable crime in the world, behind drug trafficking, money laundering and illegal arms trading. Recovering stolen art is a tricky endeavor.

In the United States, law enforcement dedicated to art theft has traditionally been a highly specialized and thinly populated force. The FBI employs only one special agent dedicated specifically to art crimes.

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11/13/04

I thought I'd posted this story here in August, but it seems to be mia.

Armed men stormed into an art museum Sunday, threatened staff at gunpoint and stole Edvard Munch's famous paintings "The Scream" and "Madonna" before the eyes of stunned museum-goers.

The thieves yanked the paintings off the walls of Oslo's Munch museum and loaded them into a waiting car outside...

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12/24/04

Amazing... I hadn't seen this before: there's a photo of the men walking off with The Scream. See this CBC news story for the photo.
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9/20/05

After a lengthy international investigation, special agents from ICE, FBI, working in conjunction with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and authorities in Sweden and Denmark, recovered two major works of art that were stolen from the Stockholm's National Museum in an armed heist in December 2000. ICE and its law enforcement partners recovered Auguste Renoir's "Young Parisian" earlier this year in Los Angeles. This week, Danish authorities recovered Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn's "Self Portrait" as part of the joint investigation. The combined estimated value of the recovered paintings is approximately $45 million. Several suspects have been arrested in connection with the stolen artwork.

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11/20/05

SCRANTON, Pa. - An oil painting by Jackson Pollock and a silkscreen by Andy Warhol were stolen from a museum by thieves who shattered a glass door in the back of the building, officials said.

The Pollock was likely worth about $11.6 million and the Warhol had a value of about $15,000, experts said.

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