FINANCIAL NEWS NETWORK: PRESS RELEASE 12/15/2021: Financial Investigative Services (FIS) has announced the formation of its specialized fine art investigative unit serving artists, collectors, claims insurers, galleries, law firms, and private museums.

The dedicated and skilled art team will investigate stolen and missing artwork, identify witnesses, conduct interviews & surveillance, and negotiate the safe return of artwork, when feasible.

Other art services include: authentication, due-diligence, lab analysis, referral to art & appraisal experts. A confidential tip line is also available to report potential sighting of lost or stolen artwork or assist family members who are concerned that their recently deceased family members acquired questionable or stolen art.

The investigative agency will concentrate on high value works of art, generally valued at $500,000 to $10,000,000 or more.

Press Release Contact: Curtis L. Novy, Chief Investigator, FIS (858) 336-0520

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May 1, 2022 announced today that a rare, previously unidentified, abstract art painting by famed artist, John Hubbard Rich has been recovered. The painting was bequeathed to the Monterey Museum of Art by the Baird estate in 2007. Its whereabouts for past 15 years have been a mystery, until identified last week.

Mr. Novy, the investigative agency’s Chief Investigator reported that Rich is an important part of American culture and well known for his works of art. Rich exhibited his works in the 1915 San Diego Exposition and 1916 Panama-California Exhibition, earning silver medals in both expositions.

Mr. Rich’s works were also exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The recovered painting depicts three distinct vases and two tea pots. The artwork is undated but believed to have been painted around 1915. The painting is expected to sell at auction in the fall of 2022.

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FIS investigations are conducted in a professional manner with the highest level of honesty and integrity. All work is conducted in the strictest confidence to protect client privacy. FIS complies with all state and federal privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). CA Private Investigative Agency, License PI188926.

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