Richard "Dick" Ellis
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Dick Ellis, 2010, oil on canvas, Charles Sabba.

   Mr. Richard Ellis is one of the most respected art theft investigators in the world. In 1986, Mr. Ellis became involved in international art theft investigations at Hempstead. In 1988, he transferred to New Scotland Yard's Organized Crime Branch. Mr. Ellis was one of the founders of New Scotland Yard's Art and Antiques Squad in 1989. He has investigated several major, international art crime cases, including Munch's Scream, which was stolen in Norway in 1994 by armed, masked gunmen; a Pieter Brueghel, which was stolen in Londen; and works by Vermeer that were stolen in Ireland in 1986. Mr. Ellis led a major investigation which led to many convictions of antiquities smugglers operating out of Egypt. He was instrumental in the conviction in U.S. Federal Court of New York Antiquities Dealer Frederick Schultz who is the owner of the Frederick Schultz Ancient Art Gallery at 41 E. 57th St. in Manhattan. Schultz is now known as #50723-054 and resides at FCI Fort Dix in New Jersey. His projected release date is 12/20/2005 (For further info on this case, refer to the Schultz conviction link on our antiquities page). Mr. Ellis is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for the Prevention of Art Theft and has participated in the development of a Code of Due Diligence with several UK trade associations. Richard Ellis is currently the Managing Director of Invaluable and Trace. Trace is the world's largest electronic data base of stolen art and antiquities.

 

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