The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, July 25, 2014


Lawyer Holding $30 Million Stolen Art Sentenced To Seven Years
Paul Cézanne (1839- 1906), Bouilloire et Fruits, 1888-1890, Oil on canvas ( 46.7 x 58.5 cm).
BOSTON, MA.-Robert Mardirosian, a Boston lawyer, was sentenced to 7 years in a Federal jail for concealing stolen pictures for 30 years and for trying to profit from them. They were originally entrusted to him by the alleged thief whom he represented.

In 1978 seven pictures including a Cezanne painting, Bouilloire et Fruits, were stolen from the house of Michael Bakwin in Massachusetts. There was no trace of them until 1999 when attempts were mate to sell them in London and the Art Loss register was retained by Mr. Bakwin to recover them.

The Art Loss Register (ALR) negotiated over 6 months refusing to pay sums demanded for the return of the pictures unless the holders declared their identity and how they obtained them.

The holder, now known to be Mardirosian, negotiated through Swiss lawyers and a company in Panama to hide his identity. With the agreement of the FBI and the Swiss police the Art Loss Register accepted the return of the Cezanne valued at $26 million whilst the other pictures worth much less were retained by the holder and these were then seized when Mardirosian tried to sell them at Sotheby's through intermediaries in 2006.

Federal Judge Wolfe in Boston said it was crucial to send a message to other lawyers to resist the temptation of crime.

Julian Radcliffe, Chairman and main negotiator for the ALR, was one of the principal prosecution witnesses at the trial and said, "This is a major victory in the fight against art crime and will remind awyers that they cannot use their privileged position to try and extort ransom whilst refusing to identify the holder. There is no automatic right of a reward for anyone, particularly criminals. There are several other similar cases awaiting trial in the UK."

A Boston law firm, Dwyer & Collora on behalf of the owner and the ALR is pursuing a civil case for the recovery of the costs incurred in their efforts to recover the pictures over the past 30 years.

The ALR is the world's largest private international database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectibles providing recovery and search services to private individuals, collectors, the art trade, insurers and law enforcement through technology and professionally trained staff of art historians.

The ALR was formed in 1991 through a partnership between leading auction houses and art trade associations, the insurance industry and the International Foundation of Art Research. The ALR has been involved in the recovery of over 1,000 works of art worth with an estimated value of GBP 100,000,000. With over 185,000 items on its database of lost and stolen art and antiques, it undertakes over 300,000 searches a year. The ALR is recognised as an integral part of art recovery and assists museums and the art trade undertake due diligence. The ALR is more than just a database as its expertise in the field of art crime, inventory management and title negotiations denote.



Today's News

December 19, 2008

Roy Lichtenstein - Posters Opens at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

Drawings Found In Back of Leonardo da Vinci Painting at the Louvre

Lawyer Holding $30 Million Stolen Art Sentenced To Seven Years

VMFA Acquires "Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs," A Heroic French Painting By Bouguereau

Exhibition Explores Impact of Asian Art and Thought on American Artists

Danish Composer and Fluxus-Artist Henning Christiansen, 76, Passes Away

Columbia Museum of Art Exhibition Reveals the Culture of the Ancient Chinese

The Aspen Art Museum Presents Now You See It: International 19-Artist Exhibition

José Ortiz Appointed Deputy Director of the Harvard Art Museum

Ancient Female Figures and Judy Chicago's Fertile Goddess at the Brooklyn Museum

Malba Presents Its Most Recent Acquisitions in New Exhibition

Seventh Annual Teen Visions Exhibition To Open at James W. Palmer '90 Gallery at Vassar College

New Documentary Captures One of America's Preeminent Photorealist Painters, John Baeder, and His Work

ARCO Madrid 2009 Presented Today - India To Be Guest Country

International Association of Two and Three Dimensional Artists 2009 Exhibition

Austin Museum of Art Receives Donation in Honor of Mary McIntyre Malott

Freer and Sackler Galleries Launch First Online Collection Catalogue About Mainland Southeast Asian Ceramics

Call For Entries: Kaikai Kiki Presents Geisai#12

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site