http://nypost.com/2015/06/16/opportunist-posed-as-apartment-employee-to-steal-40k-painting/ If only the Bonhams HK staff member had thought to tick the box stating that an adult signature upon receipt was needed – then the courier would have had to ask for ID. A small, but very costly, error.
http://newsoncompliance.com/2015/05/how-hong-kong-can-step-up-fight-against-money-laundering/ Out of 37,188 Suspicious Transaction Reports only 9 came from auction houses in 2014. Unbelievable!
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&art_id=157827&sid=44633052&con_type=1 Naive, Stupid or Greedy? All three? An experienced gallery owner being fleeced like a newbie. Obviously didn’t remember the saying, “if it’s too good to be true…”. Whilst not condoning the dishonesty of the swindle, more disturbing is the fact that once again we see the shady side of the art market at play; […] Read More
This new issue examines archaeological looting and art theft. Included in this issue is an editorial essay by Toby Bull entitled “The Grape War of China: Wine Fraud and How Science is Fighting Back”. To subscribe to the Journal of Art Crime contact ARCA.
Click on the picture below to get to the Table of Contents. Among some very interesting articles and essays is one by Toby Bull entitled “Why Hong Kong can save the ozone layer but not China’s cultural heritage.” To subscribe to the Journal of Art Crime contact ARCA.
http://www.privateartinvestor.com/art-risk/aris-art-title-insurance-789/ So true! A great complimentary service to this is by having the art work DNA coded. If any dispute, or lien on the item later surfaces, we can categorically say that on the date the item was coded by TrackArt, the owner was the person named in the database (and the certificate of coding […] Read More
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-05/27/content_20838103.htm The tragic truth.
Forge and Export by Bull and Gruber Read Toby Bull’s and Dr. Stefan Gruber’s latest collaboration.
Breakfast Seminar Speaker Bios and Details An interesting seminar jointly hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce and HK Customs and Excise Department. TrackArt was there.
Christie’s Education programme In retrospect: TrackArt presented a lecture on art crime.