Stolen Goods & Fakes
Even in affluent times, thieves and fakes abound. At any time, one cannot be too careful so we should all do what we can to protect our property. Fakes from Russia, China and elsewhere are becoming more and more difficult to spot so the market is awash with these items. Specialist collectors and dealers have been genuinely caught, so research the subject before you part with any hard earned cash. At Rarity4u we operate a policy of due diligence which means we take as many precautions as we can to ensure the items we sell are not fake or stolen. We investigate and examine each and every item for authenticity and confirm the details in our item descriptions. It is impossible to ensure that every antique item that is 100 years or more in age has not been stolen at some time during its life. The Police keep stolen items for a period of time in order try to find their legal owners. When their efforts have failed, these items are then auctioned off to the public and hence become legal once again.
Churchill´s Lavy Stolen
In 2019, an audacious if somewhat cheeky robbery took place at Blenheim Palace. A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen from the magnificent home in UK where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born.
FBI to Return Painting Looted By Nazis
The U.S. government says it wants to return a painting to its true owner that was looted from a museum in Nazi-controlled Ukraine during World War II.
Frans Hals Painting Stolen Three Times
A painting by 1600's Dutch artist Frans Hals has been stolen for the third time from a provincial museum in the central Netherlands.
Russia Awash With Fakes
The Moscow Times reports that at least half of the items in circulation on Russia’s antiques market are fakes and collectors are being cheated out of millions of rubles each year.
Russian Icon Fakes
One of the biggest problems one faces when buying antique Russian icons is the possibility to buy a fake. There are lots of genuinely old panels with new religious icon paintings on them available for sale today.
Stolen Powder Horn
An oxen gunpowder container made in 1757 and stolen more than 60 years ago from a Detroit-area museum has been returned.