Ben Lewis

• Ben Lewis’s Art Bust is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the usual podcast platforms. His book The Last Leonardo is published by William Collins, UK (£9.99, pb) and Ballantine Books, US ($28, hb)


'Why British museums must start charging entrance fees'

Low pay for museum workers, decreased local authority spending and a theft scandal have highlighted that "it’s time for some difficult choices," says the writer and broadcaster Ben Lewis

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It’s time to end the predatory practices of 'sleeper hunters'

Sleeper hunter dealers must recognise they have an asymmetrical relationship to vulnerable people pressured by circumstance to sell off their treasured heirlooms


Richly detailed crime podcast captures with verve the ‘grubby underbelly’ of the art and antiquities trade

The Professor: Hunting for the Mafia's Missing Masterpiece follows English antiquities and ancient coins dealer William Veres as he attempts to solve the theft of a work by Caravaggio


Complex novel echoes the life of pioneering Black American artist Edmonia Lewis

The Somali-Italian author Igiaba Scego's tale of empowerment draws on the artist's journey from Native American reservation to international fame

Could we be on the verge of another art market crash?

With auction sales faltering and a respected commercial gallery going into administration, Ben Lewis sees echoes of the slump of 2008

'The Leonardo and the Carpet Dealer': the secretive first campaign to sell the Salvator Mundi

Respected textiles scholar and dealer Michael Franses was employed in 2009, by one of the syndicate who owned the painting, to offer it for sale to a handful of the world's leading museums


From Modigliani to Imelda Marcos, museum thefts to market machinations: renowned German investigative reporters present an arresting story of art crime

The authors’ overview of the types of art crime includes serious analysis—and some entertaining tales


What distinguishes an art criminal from a regular crook?

The host of the Art Bust podcast argues that the nature and purpose of art crime–and by extension, of the art detectives who fight it—has changed in recent years