NEW YORK (AP) – The granddaughter of a Jewish art collector whose paintings were stolen by the Nazis had a family reunion with one of the works on Wednesday after almost eight decades, an impressionist piece by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts woman who pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Museum of Russian Icons, where she worked, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison. A federal judge this week put 36-year-old Jennifer Delorey McNamara behind bars even though her lawyer argued for no prison time.
LIMA, Peru (AP) – Peru is celebrating the return of an ancient funeral mask made of gold following a two-decade legal battle to repatriate the smuggled antiquity from Germany.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) – A pair of ruby slippers used in “The Wizard of Oz” and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes’ insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said Tuesday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) – A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit a Western art collector filed against a prestigious auction house and the owner of a Reno gallery who claimed an early 20th-century cowboy painting he sold for $750,000 was a fake.
DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) – A jury has ruled that 20 antique firearms that have been the subject of a three-decade legal battle do not belong to a notorious Massachusetts art thief as he claimed, and his lawyer says his client’s autobiography may have played a role in the verdict.
CLEVELAND (AP) – It’s been just over a year since a thief broke into the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Ohio and stole an 18K gold replica of the Apollo 11 lunar module and other artifacts that have yet to be recovered or suspects arrested.
PITTSBURGH – An archivist and an antique bookseller were charged Friday with stealing millions of dollars’ worth of rare books, illustrations, maps and photographs from a Pennsylvania library over a 20-year period, including Isaac Newton’s Principia, considered a watershed of science.
MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The reward for information leading to the recovery of more 260 artifacts stolen from Moundville Archaeological Park decades ago has been increased from $15,000 to $20,000.