Freelance Historian
The World of Historical Manuscripts and Ephemera

Posts Tagged ‘artwork’

FBI Still Searching for Owners of Stolen Art Treasures

Posted in STOLEN!  by Steven on August 31st, 2008

When William Kingsland died in New York City in 2006, he left no will, no heirs, but his one-bedroom apartment was crammed from floor to ceiling with stacks of paintings and artworks.  Since he died with no heirs, the state of New York took possession of the trove, and hired Christies and Stair Galleries to auction them off.  During the research phase, it was discovered that many of the over 300 paintings were stolen- including two Picasso sketches that were stolen by the moving company hired to transfer the paintings from Kingsland’s apartment!

The FBI has decided that the best course of action, due to the time-consuming nature of tracking provenance of artwork, is to put up an online gallery where the public can view the paintings and help identify their history, or recognize one as stolen. The paintings can be seen on the FBI website at

If you recognize any of these paintings, you can contact Special Agent Jim Wynne in the New York City office at (718) 286-7302 or at .

(article from Antiques & The Arts Weekly )

Tags: , ,