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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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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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ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2004 | Mike Boehm
A small 17th century drawing titled "The Liberation of St. Peter From Prison," once believed to be a Rembrandt, has been returned to its rightful owners in Israel, thanks to an anonymous American collector who sought the truth about its origins after beginning to suspect that it may have been looted during the Holocaust.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Record prices for paintings auctioned in the last 22 years: $2.2 million--"Portrait of Titus," Rembrandt van Rijn, 3/15/65. $5.5 million--"Portrait of Juan de Pareja," Diego Velazquez, 10/27/70. $7 million--"Juliet and Her Nurse," J.M.W. Turner, 5/29/80. $10 million--"Seascape Folkstone," J.M.W. Turner, 7/5/84. $10.4 million--"Adoration of the Magi," Andrea Mantegna, 4/18/85. $11 million--"Mosnier Street With Road Workers," Edouard Manet, 12/1/86. $39.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2003 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
Eleven years ago, Teri Horton walked into a San Bernardino thrift store and plunked down $5 for an "ugly" painting she thought would amuse a downtrodden friend. Instead, the artwork's dizzying splashes of yellow, red and other shades of liquid enamel ended up putting a smile on her face. Some art experts believe the big, bright canvas may be a genuine Jackson Pollock worth millions of dollars."I still think it's ugly," said Horton, 70, a retired long-haul trucker living in Costa Mesa.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2004 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
You've heard the stories. The painting bought for two bucks at a garage sale, that obscure drawing gathering dust in Grandma's attic. Someone takes a look, has a eureka moment, and the lucky owners are happily counting wads of green. Who are those people? And how can they be sure that a Van Gogh is a Van Gogh or a Picasso actually a Picasso? It turns out that they can't. Or rather, they can, but not always, and even when they do, some other bunch of experts may disagree later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1997 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents in Cleveland have recovered two paintings, one by Pablo Picasso and one by Claude Monet, reported stolen in 1992 from the Brentwood home of Steven G. Cooperman, a now-retired ophthalmologist. Investigators found Picasso's 1932 "Nude Before a Mirror" and Monet's 1882 "Customs Officer's Cabin at Pourville" wrapped in cardboard in a rented storage locker in a Cleveland suburb Feb. 2, said Special Agent Robert L. Hawk. "They were in great condition," Hawk said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1987
The Reagan Administration has moved effectively in recent days to dramatize in two different ways its determination to control the looting of archeological sites in developing nations and to help other nations protect their cultural monuments. This sort of leadership gives impetus to the international effort to root out those who profit from illicit traffic in art.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Claude Monet painting, valued at $2 million and recently stolen from a Hollywood home, has been recovered in Newport Beach, where one of three suspects was arrested in connection with the crime, Los Angeles police detectives said Wednesday. Wendell Williams, 26, a Pepperdine University student who lives in Westwood, was booked for burglary after his arrest in the 3300 block of Pacific Coast Highway on Tuesday afternoon, said Detective Barbara Bella.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2007 | Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press
NEW YORK -- A painting stolen 20 years ago was found lying in trash along a street, and now it could fetch up to $1 million at auction. Elizabeth Gibson didn't know anything about the brightly colored abstract work she spotted on her morning walk four years ago on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Sotheby's auction house will be selling the work next month for the now-widowed original owner. "I would say it was an appointment with destiny," Gibson said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1989 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
A trial opening today in Indianapolis will decide who owns four Byzantine mosaic fragments--a church in Cyprus that housed them from the 6th Century until about a decade ago or an American art dealer who bought them last July for $1.2 million. The widely publicized case may have far-reaching effects on American trade in foreign antiquities, according to some experts in art law. "It lands smack-dab in the middle of the way the art market works," said Linda Pinkerton, legal counsel to the J. Paul Getty Trust, who will be attending the trial.
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