The database contains only those objects that have been officially reported as stolen by member countries.
An object may have been stolen, but is not included in the database for one of the following reasons:

  • It has not yet been reported as stolen to the police;
  • The theft report has not yet been received at INTERPOL through official channels;
  • The object has not yet been entered into the database;
  • Searches for the object are being carried out at national level only;
  • The object has been looted from an archaeological site and is not known to the police.

We therefore encourage users to interpret database results with caution as an object may have been stolen, even if it does not appear in the INTERPOL database.

A database of stolen works of art combines descriptions and pictures of around 51,000 items (as at 1st March 2018).
Direct access to the database was made available in 2009, enabling authorized users to check in real-time if an item is among the registered objects.

Certain types of data can be accessed openly by the general public:

  • Recovered works of art;
  • Works of art that have been recovered but remain  unclaimed by their owners;
  • Stolen Afghan Items;
  • Stolen Iraqi Items;
  • Stolen Libyan items;
  • Stolen Syrian items.

Most wanted works of art,
December 2018

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