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  • A medieval ecclesiastical treasure acquired by the Prussian state in 1935 and later presented by Hermann Göring to Hitler as a “surprise gift” was legally purchased from a consortium of Jewish art dealers, whose heirs have no rightful claim at restitution, a panel convened by the German government said Thursday.

    German Panel Says Medieval Treasure Should Not Be Returned to Heirs of Jewish Owners

    A medieval ecclesiastical treasure acquired by the Prussian state in 1935 and later presented by Hermann Göring to Hitler as a “surprise gift” was legally purchased from a consortium of Jewish art dealers, whose heirs have no rightful claim at restitution, a panel convened by the German government said Thursday.

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					via Phys.org
From Egyptian mummies to Ötzi the Iceman, human remains are a common, if macabre, feature of
museum exhibits. Writing in Clinical Anatomy, Dr. Philippe Charlier explores the argument that curators have an ethical obligation to return these bodies to their native communities for burial.
The recent case of the ‘Irish Giant’ Charles Byrne reveals that this [...]

    Who owns the bones? Should bodies in museum exhibits be returned home?

    via Phys.org
    From Egyptian mummies to Ötzi the Iceman, human remains are a common, if macabre, feature of
    museum exhibits. Writing in Clinical Anatomy, Dr. Philippe Charlier explores the argument that curators have an ethical obligation to return these bodies to their native communities for burial.
    The recent case of the ‘Irish Giant’ Charles Byrne reveals that this [...]

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					By PATRICIA COHEN
A Queens foundry owner who was accused of trying to sell fake Jasper Johns works for millions of dollars pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of wire fraud in Manhattan federal court, according to The Associated Press. In 1990, Mr. Johns had entrusted Brian Ramnarine, the owner of Empire Bronze Art Foundry, [...]

    Foundry Owner Accused of Forging Johns’s Sculptures Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

    By PATRICIA COHEN
    A Queens foundry owner who was accused of trying to sell fake Jasper Johns works for millions of dollars pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of wire fraud in Manhattan federal court, according to The Associated Press. In 1990, Mr. Johns had entrusted Brian Ramnarine, the owner of Empire Bronze Art Foundry, [...]

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					Via Expatica
France has returned to Egypt five artefacts from the Ptolemaic dynasty (300 BC) that were smuggled out of the country after the 2011 uprising, an Egyptian official said Wednesday.
“The team in charge of monitoring sales of artefacts identified five pieces dating from the Ptolemaic dynasty on Internet websites, two of which were being auctioned [...]

    France returns five ancient artefacts to Egypt

    Via Expatica
    France has returned to Egypt five artefacts from the Ptolemaic dynasty (300 BC) that were smuggled out of the country after the 2011 uprising, an Egyptian official said Wednesday.
    “The team in charge of monitoring sales of artefacts identified five pieces dating from the Ptolemaic dynasty on Internet websites, two of which were being auctioned [...]

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  • David Whitley visits Florence's alternative tourist attraction, a museum dedicated to serial killers.

    A bloodbath, Italian style

    David Whitley visits Florence's alternative tourist attraction, a museum dedicated to serial killers.

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via Chasing Aphrodite

On the front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, Jason has the scoop on Cornell University’s decision to return 10,000 cuneiform tablets of unclear provenance to Iraq.
The tablets were donated and lent to Cornell by New York attorney Jonathan Rosen, one of the world’s leading collectors of Near Eastern antiquities. Rosen is a [...]

    The Rosen Connection: Cornell Will Return 10,000 Cuneiform Tablets to Iraq

      via Chasing Aphrodite On the front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, Jason has the scoop on Cornell University’s decision to return 10,000 cuneiform tablets of unclear provenance to Iraq. The tablets were donated and lent to Cornell by New York attorney Jonathan Rosen, one of the world’s leading collectors of Near Eastern antiquities. Rosen is a [...]

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					3 November 2013

A collection of 1,500 artworks confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s has been found in the German city of Munich, media reports say.
The trove is believed to include works by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall, the news magazine Focus reports.
Some of the works were declared as degenerate by the Nazis, while [...]

    Nazi looted art ‘found in Munich’

    3 November 2013 A collection of 1,500 artworks confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s has been found in the German city of Munich, media reports say. The trove is believed to include works by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall, the news magazine Focus reports. Some of the works were declared as degenerate by the Nazis, while [...]

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