Artefacts worth €40m recovered in raids across Europe

By John Phillips (Rome) and Justin Huggler (Berlin) for the Telegraph, July 4, 2018. Police have arrested an international ring of traffickers alleged to have smuggled thousands of stolen Sicilian archaeological treasures worth more than £30 million to collectors and auction houses across Europe. A British art dealer and 20 Italians have been arrested, along…

ITALY: Trafficking cultural heritage, documentary at RAI

(in Italian), dal sito di ufficiostampa.rai.it The videos are also online available following this link: Ladri di Belezza “LADRI DI BELLEZZA” Mercoledì 6 Giugno prima serata RAI1 ore 21.30 È il quarto mercato illecito del mondo: il traffico d’oggetti d’arte frutto di scavi clandestini e veri e propri furti. “Petrolio” ricostruisce per la prima volta…

London, UK: Sotheby’s sells Roman marble figure from Symes-Michaelides

London. Sotheby’s put on sale in their 3/7/2018 antiquities auction a Roman Marble Figure of an Athlete, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D. (lot 23). It is estimated at £30.000-50,000. According to Sotheby’s, the ‘provenance’ is: John Hewett (1919-1994), London, perhaps acquired from Robin Symes; James Freeman, Kyoto, probably acquired from the above in the early 1970s; acquired from…

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…