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December 8, 2009
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May 12, 2003 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Sonya Yee, Times Staff Writers
Climbing scaffolding and smashing a window early Sunday, thieves slipped into Vienna's Art History Museum and -- despite high-tech motion sensors and round-the-clock guards -- disappeared with a 16th century gold masterpiece sculpted by Benvenuto Cellini. The stealthy and stunning heist was one of the biggest art thefts in Europe in recent years. The intricate, 10-inch-high sculpture, known as the Saliera, or salt cellar, is valued at about $57 million.
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June 20, 1990 | MICHAEL CONNELLY and DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An armed man in a "ninja-style" mask tied up a part-owner of a Van Nuys art agency and distribution house, then escaped in the company's van with artworks reportedly worth more than $1 million, police said Tuesday. The robber, who police said might have had accomplices, took more than 1,000 artworks, including three oil paintings and hundreds of lithographs and serigraphs from Eagle Limited's warehouse near the Van Nuys Airport.
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August 24, 1988 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
Bill Martin's case file reads like an Erle Stanley Gardner sampler. There is the Case of the Crafty Sword Swiper, the Unmasking of the Unscrupulous Pawnbroker, Mystery at the Ebell Club. These are not the recollections of a worn and crusty private detective or a crime novelist. They are recent cases of stolen art that Martin handled as the Los Angeles Police Department's art-theft specialist, working in a world of exotic locales and twisting plots.
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August 6, 1988 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
News that Italian police are investigating the possibility that a classical Greek statue recently acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum might have been smuggled out of Sicily a decade ago has caused an international uproar. (On Friday, an Italian magistrate said he believed the Aphrodite sculpture bought by the Getty for $20 million was not stolen from Sicily as indicated in earlier reports this week, but the case there is awaiting final evaluation.
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August 3, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like critics trying out adjectives to describe a perplexing canvas, investigators and art experts are looking at the theft this week of two Maxfield Parrish paintings from a West Hollywood gallery and straining to understand. Most find the thief's work "sophisticated." But they also label the $4-million disappearance "disturbing," "puzzling" and "weird." Parrish, whose works of vibrant color and billowing clouds have fetched auction prices as high as $4.
NEWS
March 20, 1990 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The wood-paneled offices are tucked away on the fourth floor of the Explorers Club in Manhattan--a nice bit of symbolism--and serve as a central clearing house in the international search for stolen art. When the phone rang on Monday, it was no surprise that the FBI was on the other end of the line.
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December 26, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yevgeny V. Mavleyev, curator of classical sculptures at the world-renowned Hermitage museum, shook his head in despair as he surveyed a hall of ancient Roman statues. Two 1st-Century white marble sculptures were missing from the otherwise symmetrical display in the elegant pink hall of the 19th-Century palace. The curator was not grieving over a robbery, but something he considers even more devastating.
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May 2, 1991
Comedian Jerry Lewis' son was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with possessing limited-edition graphics stolen in November from a storage facility in Van Nuys, police said. Christopher Lewis, 33, of Pebble Beach surrendered to Monterey County sheriff's deputies after he had been charged with receiving and concealing stolen property, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Sharyn Michelson. He was released on $5,000 bail. In the Nov.
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October 16, 2009 | Joel Rubin
The owner of a multimillion-dollar collection of artwork stolen last month has unexpectedly waived the insurance policy he owns to protect the paintings, Los Angeles police detectives confirmed Thursday. The art world was abuzz in early September with word that a series of original works by famed Pop Art icon Andy Warhol had been stolen from the walls of noted art collector Richard L. Weisman's Westside Los Angeles home. In all, 11 brightly colored silk screen paintings were gone -- 10 are portraits of famous athletes and one is of Weisman, 69, who was friends with Warhol and commissioned the series in the late 1970s.
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