Crimes of the Art World

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Art - 230 pages
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Forgeries, fakes, fencing, and felony theft--all are pervasive problems in the world of art, where the stakes are high, the networks wide, and the consequences profound. In recent years, suspicious acquisitions, unreliable provenances, and shady dealers have found their way into the headlines as museums and private collections have been confronted with everything from fake pieces to stolen antiquities to plain old theft and vandalism. "Crimes of the Art World" captures the full scope of this staggeringly lucrative field of criminal conduct, showing how its impact reaches well beyond the walls of the museum.

Filled with fascinating stories of crime and greed, this revealing volume looks at case after case of thefts, forgeries, fakes, and illicit trafficking, as well as the political/religious victimization of art, white-collar art crime, and vandalism. The book examines each type of crime in terms of frequency, losses, and characteristics of victims and criminals. Concluding chapters focus on preventive measures, art crime investigation, and security issues.

 

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Contents

1 Art and Crime?
1
2 Art Theft
21
Selected Cases
49
4 Art Forgeries and Fakes
63
The Perils of Wars and CivilReligious Unrest
83
The Looting of CulturalHeritage Objects
101
7 WhiteCollar Crime in the Art World
123
8 Vandalism and Malicious Destruction
141
9 Responding to Art Crime
157
The Best Response to Art Crime
173
Definitions
189
Appendix B Selected ArtLoss Databases
191
Selected Bibliography
195
Notes
197
Index
227
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About the author (2010)

Thomas D. Bazley, PhD, is adjunct teacher at the University of South Florida, where he also received his degree in criminology.

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