Ionian shipwrecks and antiquity smuggling

Source: Archaeology and Arts [May 16, 2018] The ‘history’ of Ionian shipwrecks emerges after three cases of antiquity smuggling in one month were investigated by the Ioannina Police and two Germans living for 30 years in the coastal town of Perdika in Thesprotia were arrested, as well as a scuba diver in Igoumenitsa and a…

UNESCO, EU and art market fight against illicit trafficking of cultural objects

From the UNESCO-Homepage, published March 28, 2018 When it comes to the global art market, Europe is reportedly the largest exporter of art and antiquities, and the second largest importer.  While most of the estimated USD 14.6 billion European trade is licit or “clean”, there is no doubt that it also falls victim to organized…

Rome/ITALY: police recovers archaeological items worth over one million Euro

Article in Italian; published 11 May, 2018 in the Italian newspaper Repubblica. Sono di epoca compresa tra il IV sec. a.C e il II sec. d.C. Un immobiliarista romano si era allestito un museo privato. Su un sito era stata messa in vendita una colonna romana in tufo proveniente dall’antico sito abitato di Ardea Il…

Paris: Auction of illicit objects at ‘Pierre Bergé & Associés’

The French auction house ‘Pierre Bergé & Associés‘, Paris, is about to auction on Wednesday, May 16, a very rare bronze Roman doctor’s box, full of its surgical instruments. The group is lot 236, is estimated at 16,000-18,000 euros and the only collecting history (‘provenance’) that accompanies it is: ‘Hishiguro antiquities collection, Tokyo, 1992‘. The…

Icom unveils Yemen red list at Metropolitan Museum in bid to halt illegal trade of artefacts

From The Art Newspaper, written by Anny Shaw, February 1, 2018 As conflict rages in Yemen, resulting in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, leading cultural and political figures gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last night to launch an emergency red list of cultural objects being looted and possibly…

TURKEY: over 26,000 ancient artefacts seized from smugglers

From the Archaeology News Network, January 28, 2018. Turkish police seized more than 26,450 ancient artefacts from various Middle Eastern civilizations in a massive sweep which also netted 13 smugglers. The artefacts include coins, jewelry, stone art and small figurines hailing from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and other cultures, according to images broadcast Thursday by Haberturk…

NEW YORK: Looted Antiques Seized From Billionaire’s Home, Prosecutors Say

The New York Times, January 5, 2018, written by J. C. McKinley Investigators raided the office and the Manhattan home of the billionaire Michael H. Steinhardt on Friday afternoon, carrying off several ancient works that prosecutors say were looted from Greece and Italy. Mr. Steinhardt, a hedge-fund manager and philanthropist, has been collecting art from…