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NCJ Number: 128535 Find in a Library
Title: Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus v. Goldberg and Feldman Fine Arts, Inc.: A Case for the Use of Civil Remedies in Effecting the Return of Stolen Art
Journal: Dickinson Journal of International Law  Volume:8  Issue:3  Dated:(Spring 1990)  Pages:441-464
Author(s): M Van Pelt
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 24
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The case, Autocephalous v. Goldberg, 717 F. Supp. 1374 (S.D. Ind. 1989), stands as an example to future victims of art theft and subsequent purchasers of stolen art.
Abstract: In recent years, the record number of paintings and other works of art that have been stolen have reached critical levels. Last year alone, there were over 5,000 pieces of stolen art reported to the International Foundation for Art Research. To add to the difficulty of recording the total amount of stolen art, only about 30 percent of the objects stolen have been actually photographed, making a positive identification of the object, if found, almost possible. In light of the recent decision of Autocephalous v. Goldberg, civil sanctions are the best means to effect the return of stolen art as well as to help deter future buyers of stolen art, thus shrinking the stolen art market. The fear of having art, purchased at considerable cost, returned to the country from which it was stolen would certainly make a buyer examine all pertinent documents. 202 notes
Main Term(s): Art theft
Index Term(s): Cyprus; International dispute settlement; International law
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