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Protecting Fine Art Collections from Theft

May 06, 2020

Photo: The Singer Laren Museum in the Netherlands, site of a recent art theft
By Erin Bast, Senior Underwriter, Huntington T. Block, a division of Aon
Art theft is rare – but has recently made the headlines with two large thefts, a Vincent van Gogh and a collection of 18th century jewelry. Thefts such as these bring up questions for museums, national institutions and galleries of how to secure collections. However, with the coronavirus pandemic continuing and most of the world’s museums and galleries closed, it is particularly important for fine art institutions to take steps to help ensure their pieces are safe.
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To Catch a Thief: Art Security & Recovery

Mar 06, 2018

Let’s leave art theft to Hollywood. Glamorous and alluring as The Thomas Crown Affair and similar films may be, true art crime leaves its victims feeling attacked, struggling with insurance companies, and grieving for prized possessions. It also happens more frequently than you may expect: tens of thousands of artworks, worth billions of dollars, go missing every year. In 2004, the FBI even set up their own Art Crime Team, comprised of 16 special agents. They maintain a National Stolen Art File, where you’ll find missing works by artists ranging from Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline to Andy Warhol. From Pre-Columbian stone bears to screen prints, art of all media, from all eras ...

Interview of the Month with UNITEL Art Loss Consultants

May 31, 2016

The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art service providers. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and make the art services market in general more transparent. This month we discussed art thefts, art recovery and art security with William P. Callahan, founder of UNITEL Art Loss Consultants. Since 1978, UNITEL has provided highly confidential investigative and security services worldwide. Find out why the US has fewer art thefts than Europe, the profile of a typical art thief, how new technology can protect collections, hi ...