Jenson Button burglary: Gas suspected in F1 driver break-in
The couple were with friends in a rented villa in Saint-Tropez.
The British former F1 champion's spokesman said they were unharmed but everyone was "unsurprisingly shaken".
The Sun newspaper reported that valuables worth £300,000 were stolen.
The couple married in December.
Button's spokesman said: "Two men broke into the property whilst they all slept and stole a number of items of jewellery including, most upsettingly, Jessica's engagement ring.
"The police have indicated that this has become a growing problem in the region with perpetrators going so far as to gas their proposed victims through the air conditioning units before breaking in."
Button, 35, who drives for team McLaren, is based in Monaco, about 80 miles (130km) along the coast from Saint-Tropez. He won the F1 championship in 2009 driving for Brawn GP and finished in eighth place in 2014.
Spain Says Banker’s Seized Picasso Will Head Back Home
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article paraphrased incorrectly from a statement by Rafael Mateu de Ros, Mr. Botín’s lawyer in Madrid, about Mr. Botín’s appeal to Spain’s Supreme Court. The appeal has been filed and he said Mr. Botín is pressing it; he did not say that Mr. Botín would file an appeal.
John 'Goldfinger' Palmer murder inquiry: Man arrested
Police initially thought he had had a cardiac arrest and did not realise for nearly a week he had been shot.
A 43-year-old man from Rugby has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the inquiry, Essex Police said.
Palmer was jailed for eight years in 2001 for masterminding a timeshare fraud targeting people across the UK.
£300m fortuneA year later, he was ordered to hand over £35m, but the ruling was overturned on a technicality.
Det Ch Insp Simon Werrett, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "This is a positive development but we are continuing to appeal for witnesses to any suspicious activity in the area.
"Sandpit Lane is a popular spot for joggers and dog-walkers and I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity between 16:00 BST and 18:00 BST on Wednesday, June 24."
The arrested man has been released on police bail until 23 September pending further inquiries.
Palmer's wealth was once estimated at £300m, according to an Underworld Rich List compiled for the BBC in 2004.
He owned helicopters, a French chateau and a £1m mansion in Bath, and was once considered one of the biggest landowners on Tenerife.
'The timeshare king'
- Brought up in Olton, near Birmingham, Palmer was a serial truant who left school unable to read or write
- But he made his fortune by going into the gold and jewellery business with a friend
- He was arrested for his alleged role in helping smelt gold stolen from a warehouse at Heathrow in 1983 but was cleared of any wrongdoing
- Palmer's most lucrative enterprise was a timeshare scam based in Tenerife, in which he conned at least 16,000 victims until he was jailed in 2001
- The BBC understands when he was killed, he was on bail after being arrested in Spain over an unknown offence
- Palmer kept a sign on his office desk which read: "Remember the golden rule - he who has the gold makes the rules."
Hatton Garden raid: Two more people charged
Brenn Walters and Terri Robinson, both from Enfield, are due to appear before Westminster magistrates later this month.
Nine people already charged in connection with the heist have appeared in court.
RansackedPolice said a further three individuals, a man and two women, have also been interviewed under caution.
Mr Walters, 43, also known as Ben Perkins, of Manor Court, and Ms Robinson, 35, of Sterling Road, are due to appear in court on 27 August.
Items believed to be worth more than £10m were taken in the raid at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company in London's jewellery quarter over the Easter weekend.
Thieves broke into the vault and ransacked 73 safety deposit boxes.
Arrests followed in May and June after police raided addresses across London and Kent.
Man cutting hedge finds stolen paintings worth €180,000
Garda confirm recovery of works by Sir John Lavery, Jack B Yeats and Paul Henry
While police have recovered the painting, they are still looking for the person or persons who stole it, according to a joint statement from Prague Police spokesman Tomáš Hulan and Pardubice Regional Police spokesman Jiří Tesař.
The painting was stolen in 1996 from an exhibition at Galerie Hlinsko in the Pardubice region of Central Bohemia.
The painting was on loan from the National Gallery in Prague, which owns it. The National Galley reportedly is now in possession of the painting and has it secured in a depository.
There was a widespread search when the painting was first reported stolen, and the image was entered into a database of stolen art. The search also took place across Europe, as it could not be ruled out that the painting has been taken across the border.
Recently, information surfaced that the painting was being offered for sale. Before the sale could take place, police specialized in art theft intervened and recovered the work.
Preisler had a relatively short career. He was born in 1872 and died in Prague of pneumonia in 1918. In 1903, he stated teaching nude drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts and was a professor from 1913 until his death.
His influences included Alfons Mucha, Vojtěch Preissig and, later, Paul Gauguin. He was among the artists to provide decoration for the Municipal House in Prague. He also helped decorate Hotel Central on Hybernska Street.
His early work was in the neo-Romantic style, but he is also associated with Art Nouveau and the symbolism movement.
Thief replaced stolen art with fakes
For two years up until 2006, Xiao Yuan substituted famous works including landscapes and calligraphies in a gallery within the library of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
He told the court in his defense that the practice appeared to be rampant and the handling of such paintings was not secure. He said he noticed fakes already hanging in the gallery on his first day on the job. Later, after he replaced some of the remaining masters with his own fakes, he was surprised when he noticed his fake paintings were being substituted with even more fakes.
"I realized someone else had replaced my paintings with their own because I could clearly discern that their works were terribly bad," Xiao, 57, told Guangzhou People's Intermediate Court, which posted a video of the two-hour hearing on its website.
Xiao sold 125 of the paintings at auction between 2004 and 2011 for more than 34 million yuan ($6 million), and used the money to buy apartments and other paintings. The 18 others he stole are estimated to be worth more than 70 million yuan ($11 million), according to prosecutors.
Xiao pleaded guilty to a corruption charge for substituting the 143 paintings, and said that he deeply regretted his crime.
The stolen works mentioned in the court transcript included paintings by influential 20th century artists Qi Baishi, who used watercolors, and Zhang Daqian, who depicted landscapes and lotuses. Zhang himself was considered a master forger.
Also removed was "Rock and Birds" by Zhu Da, a painter and calligrapher who lived during the 17th century and used ink monochrome.
Xiao said he stopped his stealing when the paintings were moved to another gallery. He was the university's chief librarian until 2010, and his crimes came to light when an employee discovered what had happened and went to the police.
Calls seeking comment from the university were not answered.
Xiao will be sentenced later.
Stolen Rodin sculpture recovered through lucky breaks, persistent chipping
As the director and founder of the Comité Rodin in Paris, Jérôme Le Blay has dedicated his career to the study of the great sculptor's work.
So when he spotted a small Auguste Rodin bronze, "Young Girl With Serpent," at the offices of Christie's in London, he quickly recognized something the auction house had not yet discovered: The piece had been stolen two decades earlier in Beverly Hills.
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"I had in my database a precise description of the stolen work,'' Le Blay recalled. The piece didn't come with much documentation, but it matched the description.
"The art market is very secretive," he added. "Works can go through the net quite easily."
Le Blay's recognition of the Rodin piece in 2010 set off a chain of events that led to the piece being recovered this year and offered back to its rightful owner, an elderly Beverly Hills woman. Key assists came from a retired Beverly Hills police detective and a firm that specializes in the recovery of stolen art.
The tale began in 1991, when a Beverly Hills couple returned home from vacation to find that their house in the north side of town had been ransacked of $1 million in art and other personal items, authorities said.
Their housekeeper was later arrested and convicted in connection with the theft.
But he claims to not have stolen the goods himself, claiming that he had bragged about his employers' collection of valuables at a local bar, where the thieves propositioned him to sell a duplicate key to the house for $5,000, according to Christopher A. Marinello, chief executive of the London-based Art Recovery Group.
Some of the items were later recovered, but not the Rodin girl — and no one beyond the housekeeper was ever arrested or charged in connection with the theft.
The couple was prominent among the city's high society and was involved in cultural philanthropy.
The husband has since died and his wife, now in her 80s, still lives in Beverly Hills, police said. Speaking by phone this week, the wife asked that the family name not be revealed.
The bronze is a posthumous cast of the original Rodin sculpture, "Jeune Fille au Serpent," made circa 1886. Authorized casts are considered authentic and are overseen by the Musée Rodin in Paris.
The stolen bronze was created in the early 1970s as the ninth in a limited edition. Marinello said the couple originally acquired the piece from B. Gerald Cantor, namesake of the Cantor Fitzgerald financial services company who amassed one of the world's largest private Rodin collections.
"Young Girl With Serpent" isn't a large work — it stands a little more than a foot tall — but it has "significant historical importance in relation to how the artist evolved," said Bernard Barryte, an authority on Rodin at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, where he is a curator of European art.
He said the piece provides an example of the young female form that Rodin would revisit in his sculptures of Eve and other pieces.
Rodin sculptures are highly prized by museums and collectors, and a number of pieces have been stolen over the years, including a cast of "The Thinker" from a museum in the Netherlands in 2007.
After Le Blay revealed that the art had been stolen, Christie's pulled the item as part of its due diligence process. "It never went into a sale," a spokeswoman said.
Christie's contacted New Scotland Yard in London, which in 2011 got in touch with the Beverly Hills police — and Det. Sgt. Michael Corren, who had been a supervising officer on the case at the time of the theft. Corren said he contacted one of the original investigators.
"He remembered the case — but not a lot of memory. It was so old, and it was international, but I didn't want it to drop by the wayside," Corren said. "I just don't do that. You follow it to the end."
Corren began an intensive search that involved sifting through old archives on microfiche and following paper trails.
After much digging, the detective determined that the owners had, in fact, made an insurance claim after the theft and reached a settlement.
He also learned that the father of the man who now possessed the sculpture and had consigned it to Christie's had a business not too far away in West Hollywood. But Corren said the current owner, whom he declined to identify, didn't want to give it back.
"I explained to their attorney that we needed to get the sculpture to the rightful owner. They felt otherwise," the detective said.
By this time, the insurance company that had paid the victims for their loss sought to reclaim possession of the Rodin. The case languished as an attorney for the possessor insisted on being paid at least half of what the Rodin was worth, Marinello said. An early Christie's estimate had pegged its value as a high as $100,000.
The insurance company eventually hired Marinello to pursue recovery.
According to Marinello, the Rodin was sold to a Los Angeles-area art dealer shortly after it was stolen.
After the dealer died, he said, the man's son put it up for auction.
While the negotiations continued, Corren said he took another look through the files and found a document that shed more light on the case.
"It was a fluke — apparently it had been misfiled. It gave me information that appears to indicate that the possessor's father may have known that it may have been stolen," Corren said.
Corren said the document was located in a police follow-up report to the original crime. He said the document established that the deceased art dealer had been contacted after the 1991 theft. He declined to say more about the document.
After the document was found, the son agreed to release the bronze to the insurance company and dropped his demand for any payment. Marinello declined to identify the son but emphasized that the man had no knowledge that the Rodin had been stolen.
The item is now in the ownership of the original insurer, according to the police.
As is routine in these cases, Marinello said, the insurance company offered to give the Rodin back to the widow if she would agree to return the insurance payment she had received after the loss.
She told The Times: "Corren is an amazing detective. He's been following this case for more than 20 years. He would not give up and would be relentless — 110% of the credit goes to him."
"Young Girl With Serpent" is scheduled to go on the auction block at Christie's in New York in November, consigned by the insurance company.
But there are still Rodin works missing from the 1991 home burglary that may, one day, reach the auction block. Among them are an early sketch of "The Kiss" and another sculpture, "The Eternal Spring."
World Jewish Congress mourns Charles Goldstein
The World Jewish Congress mourns the passing of our beloved friend and esteemed colleague Charles A. Goldstein, counsel to the Commission on Art Recovery and longtime adviser to World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder.
A brilliant lawyer, Charles graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, clerked for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and was for many years one of the leading real estate lawyers in New York City. In that stage of his distinguished legal career, Charles was the personal attorney to New York Governor Hugh Carey and consultant to the Urban Development Corporation.
In the mid-1990’s, Charles was asked by Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder to develop and lead the then newly created Commission for Art Recovery to assist Holocaust survivors or their heirs in recovering works of art that had been stolen from them by the Nazis and their accomplices. In that capacity, Lauder recalled, “he was fearless in achieving the ultimate goal in law - fairness and justice.”
Over the course of the past two decades, Charles became, in the words of his colleagues at the law firm of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, “one of the leading international experts on the identification and restitution of art that had been looted by the Nazis during and before the Holocaust. Being the intellectual powerhouse that he was, Charles quickly became an expert in this new area of art law and before long became one of its leading practitioners, lecturing and writing extensively on the subject. He was remarkably successful in recovering stolen artworks and other cultural property, despite many obstacles including strenuous opposition from formidable adversaries.
An articulate spokesman for the right of Holocaust victims and their families to reclaim their property from governments, museums and others who had acquired it in the years following World War II, Charles literally rewrote history, and earned the great distinction of helping to right horrific wrongs visited upon Jewish families and others during the Holocaust.”
Charles Goldstein will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and working with him. We extend our deepest condolences to his daughter, Deborah, his son, Graham, and his grandchildren.