Report the theft or loss of an artwork or valuable item to the Art Loss Register for registration on the database.
All uniquely identifiable items can be registered on the ALR’s international database.
The database currently holds half a million items. The ALR holds all the information in strictest confidence and there is no public access to the data held. The range of items which can be registered on the database is huge, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, antiquities, furniture, jewellery, watches and clocks, musical instruments, silverware, coins and medals, ceramics, religious items, arms and armour, tapestries, classic cars, toys and collectibles.
Registration after a loss or a theft means that you will benefit from the ALR’s extensive worldwide checks on sales of valuable possessions. The widespread use by ALR investigators and law enforcement authorities throughout the world of the database maximises the chance that any attempt to sell your item will be discovered. Over 360,000 searches are carried out each year on items prior to sale, on behalf of government and law enforcement, auction houses, art fairs, dealers, banks and lenders, museums and galleries, pawnbrokers and private individuals.
In the event that the ALR discovers that your item is being offered for sale, you will be contacted to determine the legitimacy of the sale. Working with the relevant law enforcement agency, the ALR will investigate any unauthorised sale and assist in the recovery of the item to you, the legitimate owner.
Any uniquely identifiable item can be registered online. Loss registrations are charged on a basis of £10, US$15 or €15 per item (plus VAT where applicable), but please contact us directly in case of a large theft.
The details of your possessions are held securely on the ALR database for no charge for as long as you wish. If an item that you have registered is located by the ALR you are liable for a 5% location fee. The ALR will also offer its recovery service to negotiate the return of the item to you, the rightful owner. If you would like us to represent you in recovering the item, our recovery fee is usually calculated as 20% (plus VAT where applicable) of the net benefit to you the rightful owner at the successful conclusion of the recovery process. If you are a museum, cultural institution, government or insurer, different rates apply. Please contact us for more information.
Valuable items can also be registered while in your ownership or subsequent to a loss or a theft. Items which are registered before loss or theft, are held in the ALR positive database. The positive database is of particular appeal for collections, where inventories are not regularly checked or updated and which are accessible to public viewing. As a significant deterrent to theft, maximum publicity should be given to the fact that all items have been registered with the ALR. Please contact us directly if you are interested in this service.
The registration of items on the database assumes your agreement to this commercial agreement.