Untangling pop artist Robert Indiana’s estate may take years

Robert Indiana (American, b. 1928), ‘LOVE,’ 1966, oil on canvas, 71-7/8 × 71-7/8 × 2-1/2 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art, James E. Roberts Fund, 67.8 © 2016 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – Pop artist Robert Indiana had a simple wish: He wanted to transform his island home into a museum to preserve and show his art collection to the public. The reality is far more complicated.

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Jewish collector’s descendant gets Nazi-looted Renoir back

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.

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Woman sentenced to prison for stealing money from museum

An example of a fine Russian antique icon is Rublev’s three angels being hosted by Abraham at Mamre. Circa 1400. Image: The Yorck Project, 2002

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.

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Peru celebrates return of stolen Sican gold mask found in Germany

This ceremonial mask, which is unrelated to the one stolen from Peru, is shown only as an example of Sican gold artistry. It dates to 900-1100 A.D. and is part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Public domain image

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.

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An original pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in her lead role as Dorothy Gale in the film classic 'The Wizard of Oz,' displayed at the American History Museum, The Smithsonian Institution. Image courtesy of RadioFan at en.wikipedia.

Sting operation recovered Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers

An original pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in her lead role as Dorothy Gale in the film classic 'The Wizard of Oz,' displayed at the American History Museum, The Smithsonian Institution. Image courtesy of RadioFan at en.wikipedia.

An original pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in her lead role as Dorothy Gale in the film classic ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ displayed at the American History Museum, The Smithsonian Institution. Note: This is not the same pair stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005. Image courtesy of RadioFan at en.wikipedia.

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.

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Judge throws out defamation lawsuit over alleged fake Western painting

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.

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Jury rejects art thief’s claim that he owns antique guns

Cover of the book The Art of the Heist by Myles J Connor Jr., with Jenny Siler. Copyrighted image courtesy of Amazon

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.

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Cartier lunar module replica stolen from museum still missing

Neil Armstrong’s gold lunar module by Cartier was stolen from a museum July 28, 2017. Image courtesy of the Wapakoneta Police

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.

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Newton’s ‘Principia’ among items in alleged $8M book scheme

Sir Isaac Newton’s own first edition copy of his ‘Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,’ which is in the collection of the Wren Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. Andrew Dunn image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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.

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Reward rises to $20K for info leading to stolen artifacts

One of the artifacts stolen from Moundville Archaeological Park in 1980. Image courtesy of the University of Alabama Office of Archaeological Research

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.

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