|The Art Loss Register|
The history of The Art Loss Register (ALR) goes back to 1976, when The International Foundation for Art Research in New York established the archive of lost collectibles and cultural property. Officially The ALR was registered in 1990 in London, and currently is considered the biggest database of claimed art and antique. In 2013 the database contained around 350 000 objects.
In comparison, the database of
- Scotland Yard contains 57 500 objects,
- Interpol has 40 000 objects,
- FBI 8 000 objects.
The ALR is a commercial organization; the shareholders are Julian Radcliffe – 68% (2013) and the auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams.
Sources: The Art Newspaper, The New York Times, Antiques Trade Gazette