18 June 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Historians renew debate over attribution of possible Dürer painting in German church: An altar in a church in the German city of Crailsheim has once again become the subject of debate after some experts made a renewed push to attribute a painting in it to Albrecht Dürer.

15.06.2021, Art News: Historians renew debate over attribution of possible Dürer painting in German church

The inventor of the World Wide Web is selling its original source code as an NFT at Sotheby’s: Sotheby’s London announced that it will be auctioning off an NFT of the original source code for the World Wide Web, which, according to the house is the “first digital-born artifact to come to auction.”

15.06.2021, Artnet: The inventor of the World Wide Web is selling its original source code as an NFT at Sotheby’s

Italian TV employees suspected of thieving dozens of works of art: In what the daily newspaper Il Messaggero has described as “the sack of Rai”, the “priceless” artworks were removed from the broadcaster’s headquarters in Rome and units across the country and replaced with fakes. The works included original paintings by Renato Guttuso and etchings by Claude Monet and Amedeo Modigliani.

11.06.2021, The Guardian: Italian TV employees suspected of thieving dozens of works of art

Amazon’s plans to build massive warehouse near Roman aqueduct in south of France cause concern: Amazon’s plans to construct a vast warehouse near the Pont du Gard—a Roman aqueduct and World Heritage site in the south of France—have been greeted with concern from Unesco.

10.06.2021, The Art Newspaper: Amazon’s plans to build massive warehouse near Roman aqueduct in south of France cause concern

Two Dutch Old Master pictures recovered by the Monuments Men and eventually restituted to Jewish businessman’s heirs come to auction: The works had once been owned by Jewish businessman Jacob Lierens (1877-1949) who was forced to flee and sell his family’s possessions when the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany.

09.06.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Two Dutch Old Master pictures recovered by the Monuments Men and eventually restituted to Jewish businessman’s heirs come to auction

Reward offered for return of stolen treasures from Arundel Castle: Insurers acting for the owners of Arundel Castle have offered a substantial reward for the safe return of all or part of the collection of items stolen on the night of May 21.

08.09.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Reward offered for return of stolen treasures from Arundel Castle

United State

Settlement reached over Robert Indiana’s estate—paving way for planned museum in artist’s home in Maine: Ending a large part of the ongoing legal battle over the legacy of the artist Robert Indiana, who died in 2018, a settlement has been reached between the artist’s estate, the Morgan Art Foundation, which fabricated and sold Indiana’s work for decades, and the artist’s caretaker. The terms of the agreement have not been released, but the deal clears the way for a planned museum to be constructed in the artist’s former home on the island of Vinalhaven, in Maine and for his work to be promoted in museums and on the market.

14.06.2021, The Art Newspaper: Settlement reached over Robert Indiana’s estate—paving way for planned museum in artist’s home in Maine

11.06.2021, The New York Times:Parties settle in legal fight over Robert Indiana’s legacy

New York investigators hand over 27 smuggled art objects valued at $3.8m to Cambodia: The Manhattan district attorney announced that New York and US federal authorities have returned 27 relics to Cambodia valued at $3.8m that were stolen by antiquities traffickers, among them important Buddhist and Hindu statues.

11.06.2021, The Art Newspaper: New York investigators hand over 27 smuggled art objects valued at $3.8m to Cambodia

World

Interpol launches app to identify stolen art—and it has already been used to discover loot: Interpol has launched a new, free-to-download app to help law enforcers identify stolen art. It has already scored successes during pilot tests by police in Spain and Italy.

15.06.2021, The Art Newspaper: Interpol launches app to identify stolen art—and it has already been used to discover loot

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