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Article about: Here is a part from a mail from mr. Gillain about the situation. I think it is needed to have patience at this moment: I ask you all to understand what is going on at this moment! Priority n

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    Here is a part from a mail from mr. Gillain I got this afternoon about the situation.
    I think it is needed to have patience at this moment and allow him to get done
    what needs to be done. We must respect that:

    I ask you all to understand what is going on at this moment!
    Priority now is inquiry;
    investigators have closed the first step before sending results to the national Belgian police, in Liège and Brussels. Now the matter starts to be international;

    I have to check all items, one per one, in my files to be sure of those stolen (as quite some was sold just before in the last months). I have 5060 items to check;
    I am meeting Webmasters and graphics to realize a Website where I will be able to show all my (stolen) interesting or rare items. I try to find all of what has been stolen in my......100.000 pictures-files;

    be patient and tell contacts and forums it takes lots of research and energy before all is done;

    I hope the collectors-world altogether, will help me to find my collection…
    Philippe Gillain

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    Thank you for the update, I hope it can be found.
    Cheers Chris

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    Agree. The poor guy is probably still in shock. I would be paralyzed for a while if it happened to me.
    "When 10 men tell you you're drunk, you better lie down."

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    Quote by real steel View Post
    The poor guy is probably still in shock
    What would you think when the newspaper LaMeuse (digital website) wrote about
    his collection to have a value of 1.500.000 euro or so and live it up with the fact
    mr. Gillains daughter Marie, is a well-known french movie-actress! I think no person
    is waiting for more sensation and so the newspaper combines the theft along with
    the fact of his daughter being an actress!

    Une collection inestimable volée au père de Marie Gillain

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    "I hope the collectors-world altogether, will help me to find my collection…"
    Philippe Gillain

    Every serious people are with you Monsieur Gillain.
    More collection-world will be aware, more items will be toxic to sell back.

    I hope this story will find a happy end.

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    It is times like this that collectors who are not unscrupulous should be cautious as to the origins of rare potential purchases. Ask for the documentation, if there is any. I hope this collection can make its way home.

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    UPDATE:

    within a week or so mr. Gillain will send me an announcement and a link
    to a website, when all is done and running!

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    Hello Wilhelm, I would like to say how sorry I am to hear this. This also happened to me, on a much smaller scale, but the pain is the same nonetheless. I hope that they catch the perp(s) and throw away the keys!

    As an Auctioneer/specialist at Catawiki.com I would like to offer any help/assistance to you that you need. I will pass on this info to the rest of the Miliitaria Auctioneers, we have one who lives in Belgium, and in other clusters as well. Of course the Photos and any other info that he provides will be of great importance in identifying these items if they come through us for auction. We review 1000's of lots each month and are always on the look-out for such things. As a matter of fact we just had one that was identified as stolen and was removed right away. When all the dust had cleared, the item was indeed from the victim, but was sold before the collection was stolen, but the victim was very grateful for our awareness and us taking interest in the case.

    Again just let me know what we can do and I will get right on it, and please pass this on to Mr Gillain.

    Please pass this on to Mr. Gilliam.
    "Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.":-)

    Jeff Browning
    Senior Expert Militaria & Weaponry

    Email: j.browning@catawiki.com
    Website: www.catawiki.com


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    Quote by catawikiauctioneer View Post
    Hello Wilhelm, I would like to say how sorry I am to hear this. This also happened to me, on a much smaller scale, but the pain is the same nonetheless. I hope that they catch the perp(s) and throw away the keys!

    As an Auctioneer/specialist at Catawiki.com I would like to offer any help/assistance to you that you need. I will pass on this info to the rest of the Miliitaria Auctioneers, we have one who lives in Belgium, and in other clusters as well. Of course the Photos and any other info that he provides will be of great importance in identifying these items if they come through us for auction. We review 1000's of lots each month and are always on the look-out for such things. As a matter of fact we just had one that was identified as stolen and was removed right away. When all the dust had cleared, the item was indeed from the victim, but was sold before the collection was stolen, but the victim was very grateful for our awareness and us taking interest in the case.

    Again just let me know what we can do and I will get right on it, and please pass this on to Mr Gillain.

    Please pass this on to Mr. Gilliam.
    Thank you Jeff for your help and welcome to War Relics Forum.

    It's nice to see you as a sponsor supporting this great community of collectors
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    Thank you Jeff for your help and welcome to War Relics Forum.

    It's nice to see you as a sponsor supporting this great community of collectors
    Thank you for that warm welcome MAP.

    We are looking forward to a long a wonderful relationship with all the great collectors/enthusiasts here on WR!
    "Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.":-)

    Jeff Browning
    Senior Expert Militaria & Weaponry

    Email: j.browning@catawiki.com
    Website: www.catawiki.com


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