Art Crime

Stolen Rembrandt Found in Serbia, Four Arrested

A detail of the work. (Courtesy Novi Sad City Museum)

This is shaping up to be a pretty great workweek: day two delivers a second Rembrandt story. (Yesterday the Brooklyn Museum announced it was opening a small Dutch painting display with two Rembrandts.) The news today is that Serbian police have recovered the artist’s Portrait of the Father (circa 1630), which was stolen from a museum in Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2006. Four suspects were apprehended in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia. Three other works plucked from the museum—a Rubens, a Francesco Mola and a piece by an unknown artist—have not yet been recovered. Read More


Two Rembrandts Make a Trip to Brooklyn Museum

'Self-Portrait with Shaded Eyes' (1634). (Courtesy Brooklyn Museum)

The riches continue to flow for Rembrant lovers in New York. Last year, London’s Kenwood House loaned its remarkable self-portrait by the master painter to the Met. Now the Brooklyn Museum has announced that two works by Rembrant that are currently in a private collection in New York will go on view there on March 18. They’ll be paired with four other Dutch works from the 17th century that reside in the same collection. Read More


Rembrandt Portrait, Once Sold for Mere $1 M., Reappears on Market for $47 M.

A late-era Rembrandt painting with a troubled past is on the market again—this time for $47 million, and The Nation reports. This figure represents a big a step up from the painting’s last sale price in 2009, when Las Vegas casino owner Steven Wynn (of Picasso-puncturing notoriety) bought the work, Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, from Christie’s for a bargain $33 million with buyer’s premium, just above the work’s $29.5 million low estimate. (Though it was a steal given the estimate, which was $41.1 million on the top end, the sale still set a Rembrandt record.) Read More


Rembrandt Found in Scottish Attic to be Sold at Christie’s

Rembrandt, 'A Blind Beggar With a Boy and a Dog.' (Courtesy Christie's)

A Rembrandt chalk study of a blind vagabond has been discovered along with other drawings in a Scottish attic, much to the surprise of the unwitting homeowner who instantly contacted Christie’s. From the report by The Guardian, experts at Christie’s “were sure” that the drawing was a work by the 17th-century Dutch artist. It will be sold by the auction house on July 3. The work, entitled A Blind Beggar With a Boy and a Dog, is estimated to bring in $125,000. Read More