‘Spider-Man’ trial resumes today

The trial of three men involved in an extraordinary art heist worth €180 million (£155 million), which began on Monday (31 January) is due to resume today in Paris.

Earlier this week, the court heard that the five paintings stolen from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2010 were tossed in the trash by one of the co-defendants. Panicked by the thought of imminent capture, Yonathan Birn is said to have removed the stolen works from their hiding place in his studio and binned them in 2011. Continue reading

Experts detained on suspicion of selling fake Louis XV chairs

Two Parisian antique dealers have been arrested on suspicion of selling fake Louis XV chairs to the Palace of Versailles, Le Monde reported on Thursday (9 June).

Laurent Kraemer, of Kraemer Gallery and Bill Pallot, both experts in 18th century furniture, were detained by art fraud officers from a specialist French police unit, ‘l’office central de lutte contre le trafic de biens culturels’ (l’OCBC) on Tuesday (7 June). They had been under investigation by the OCBC since 2012. Continue reading