Category: Crime

Latest World Art News about Crime in the Dangerous World of Art, Antiques, and Collectibles

Exclusive Interview with Dave Vescio – Part 2: Death, Darkness, Light!

In Part 2 of our Exclusive Interview with a Movie Star and an Award-Winning artist Dave Vescio we dive deep into his Dark Past, Time in Prison, and the Harsh Lessons of Life. Dave candidly talks about his Inner Demons, Psychological Trauma, and how to live with them.

“I was too busy trying to take over the whole LSD empire for myself!”

“The ones who think they are heroes tend to be the most vicious villains of all!”

“I want my artworks to show the spiritual world that everyone else just seems to walk by and not notice at all”

FROM PRISON TO HOLLYWOOD: Dave Vescio’s Incredible Life Story In His Own Words

Dave Vescio tell his incredible life story of how he went from a Soldier to an Ex-con to a Movie Villain to an International Winning Contemporary Artist!

“I went on the run for a year-and-a-half. I finally got caught and was sentenced to 10-years at Fort Leavenworth, a hard-labor, maximum-security prison for Department of Defense inmates. I lived amongst some of the worst criminals in the world. We had serial killers, rapists, child molesters, and even murderers. Which turned out to be the perfect training ground for me to study these monsters and figure out why they committed these horrific crimes. I did 5-years in total; two-and-a-half on the inside and two-and-a-half on federal parole.”

How Russian Czar’s Library Ended Up In America

Most people in the United States, Russia, and the World don’t know that more than 2,500 volumes from the personal library of the Russia’s Royal Family are in the possession of the Library of Congress of the United States.

This priceless collection was formed in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg’s, Imperial Russia. It survived WWI, the 1917 Revolution as well as the Civil War that followed, eventually ending up in America.

This is the fascinating story of how it happened, told exclusively to the World Art News by a researcher who worked with these rare books.

Cellini In Trouble Again? Charges Brought Against His €107 Million Portrait

It seems that the mischievous spirit of Benvenuto Cellini lives on in his mysterious €107 million self-portrait that 500 years later continues to stir up trouble for everyone who comes in contact with it.

Explore this fascinating story of money, betrayal, and prestige in our exclusive interview with Prof. Mikhail Tamoikin, the man who appraised and put the now-famous self-portrait of Benvenuto Cellini on the map.

It’s a saga worthy of Cellini himself!

Art Funds – Superheroes of the Art Market

Transparent art funds that embrace technology, lawful conduct, and the scientific method to do business are what is needed. It must be understood that clients expect to multiply their capital legally, timely and responsibly, which is a much larger responsibility than just selling art to the highest bidder. Without a doubt, art funds are responsible for leading the market instead of just reacting to it. Reasonable, thought through regulations that help all market participants equally generate wealth, create transparency, freedom, and accountability must be promoted. Leaders of art funds must understand this and hold themselves to a higher standard than everyone else.

Ancient Aurum – Why Gold Antiques are a Great Investment

With this article it is my desire to reach as many owners of legally acquired gold artifacts and through our example show that you don’t have to be in hiding anymore.

With proper documentation and safety measures you can let your treasure shine without fear of theft or confiscation.

This is what this article all about; inspiring legal owners, responsible investors and collectors of ancient aurum to step into the light.

The art market needs you, investors crave for you, the world heritage depends on you.

How Professor Mikhail Tamoikin Survived Kidnapping and Torture in Ukraine, then a Mob Hit in Lithuania

In August of 2015 Mikhail Tamoikin was kidnapped at gunpoint in the center of Kiev, chained and dragged into a car, taken to a boat, where he was beaten and tortured. Miraculously he managed to escape by jumping into the river and swimming for 12 km to safety. After calling the local police, Mikhail quickly learned that the corrupt Ukrainian government officials and “on the take” law enforcement officers were responsible for his kidnapping. Prof. Tamoikin managed to barely get out of Ukraine, moving to Lithuania, but that did not stop this international criminal candidate. Just two months later a second attempt on his life took place. An unmarked car with a masked driver intentionally hit Mikhail in Vilnius city, and when he survived that, these criminals, dressed as policemen, tried to finish the job.

Is Art Financing Terrorism?

Art and terrorism seem to be worlds apart, however what most people perceive as heritage and culture – criminal organizations see as cold hard cash. Cash that is hard to trace and very easy to move undetected through the borders of any country. Authorities worldwide must weak up and treat this as a major security threat!

How to Sell Lenin Statues Instead of Breaking Them

Ukraine is in rough economic shape with a lot of debt. The Ukrainian government has been asking the US and EU to bail them out of their turmoil. Both the nation, and its citizens desperately need new revenue and debt free cash. However, amongst all of this chaos, they can miraculously afford destroying historical, financially viable monuments. Why?