“Dick” Ellis is an internationally recognised art crime investigator with over 30 years experience. He served in Special Operations at New Scotland Yard where he set up the Art & Antiques Squad, which he ran from 1989 until 1999 when he retired from the police to become general manager of Christie’s Fine Art Security Services Ltd. In 2000 he was made managing director of Trace recovery services running their database and magazine for stolen art and antiques. In 2005 he joined with security and conservation specialists to form the Art Management Group Limited of which he is a director.
His many recoveries include “The Scream” stolen from the National Gallery of Norway, Audubon’s “Birds of America” stolen from the State Library in St. Petersburg, and over 7,000 antiquities looted from Egypt and China. Most recently he recovered a number of stolen paintings in Serbia including two by Picasso, 15 paintings stolen in a robbery in the UK and in 2016 paintings by Lempicka and Dali stolen in Amsterdam in 2009.
He has been an Expert Advisor to Government on International Loans to Museums in England and Wales since 2008, served as a member of UNESCO’s international panel of experts on the protection of cultural property and was instrumental in the creation of the Council for the Prevention of Art Theft’s Code of Due Diligence. He is a founding trustee of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) and lectures extensively on art crime and the protection of cultural property.