Fraud, Theft & Restitution
Marion Maneker0March 31, 2010

Canada: Art Theft Haven?

It may not be an accident that two valuable pieces of stolen art were found in Canada this month:

“It’s impossible to know just how much art is stolen and resold in Canada because there’s virtually no one keeping track of it,” award-winning arts writer and investigative journalist Joshua Knelman said Friday, commenting on the recovery this week of two major pieces — a Henry Moore sculpture and a Paul Klee painting — by canny gallery owners in Toronto and Montreal respectively. “There are no specialist art theft investigators in the Toronto police force, and none in the OPP or the RCMP. If I had a piece of stolen art worth less than $100,000 — objects of greater value tend to attract more scrutiny — Canada is an excellent place to slip it back into the market.”

Canada Dumping Ground for Stolen Art (TheStar.com)