NEW YORK — A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman’s identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby’s auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles antiques dealer has been sentenced to three years of probation after being convicted of selling ivory tusks in violation of state law.
PARIS (AP) – A Paris appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling ordering an American couple to return a Camille Pissarro painting to the descendants of a Jewish family that owned the art work before it was seized during World War II. Read more
LONDON (AP) – A paperback copy of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” used by the judge in the U.K. obscenity trial of the novel’s publisher is expected to sell at auction for up to 15,000 pounds ($20,000),auctioneerSotheby’s said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — Today a federal judge ruled that the lawsuits to decide the fate of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments will be heard in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This is the venue in which they were originally filed by the Native American Tribes for whom Bears Ears is sacred, as well as conservation, outdoor recreation, and paleontology groups fighting to defend the monuments. On December 4, 2017, President Trump slashed Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, stripping nearly 2 million acres of lands of Antiquities Act protections.
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.