EU-elections May 2019: EAA benchmarks for Archaeology and Heritage Protection

As recently noted, the EAA published Benchmarks for Archaeology and Heritage Protection 2019 – 2024 for the upcoming elections of the European Parliament in May 2019. Special attention is paid to the prevention of illicit trade in antiques. During election campaigns, benchmarks are a highly effective instrument to make politicians and political parties aware of…

Sotheby’s and Christie’s: again objects on sale from Symes and Becchina

Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts, Museum of Ancient Art, University of Aarhus, identified again two objects connected to Symes, Becchina and Medici in the upcoming antiquity auctions of Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Aphrodite’s head from the confiscated Symes and Michaelides archive (Sotheby’s, Lot 17, Auction December 4, 2018, London) Although this image…

UK after BREXIT: participation in antiquities busts?

From The Art Newspaper 14th November 201, by Anna Somers Cocks Nineteen of the accused in Operation Demetra face trial in December, while the alleged UK mastermind awaits extradition At a meeting about the looting of cultural heritage held in the British embassy in Rome in October, General Fabrizio Parrulli of the Comando Carabinieri per la…

DENMARK, Aarhus: Interview with Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis (in italian)

Edek Osser, da Il Giornale dell’Arte numero 391, novembre 2018 Aarhus (Danimarca). Si chiama Christos Tsirogiannis, è un archeologo e storico dell’arte greco di 45 anni, laureato ad Atene e con un dottorato in Archeologia forense a Cambridge. Oggi insegna all’Università di Aarhus, in Danimarca. È un cacciatore di tesori archeologici illegali. La sua arma…

Looting and Laundering Art, Antiquities, and Financial Crimes

From The Antiquities Coalition, November 5, 2018. The Illicit Art Trade From plundering during the Crusades to Napoleon’s loot of Egypt, antiquities have long been symbols of worldliness and status. In today’s world, antiquities have become go-to investments for art consumers and market speculators. However, individuals with certain statuses, including those blacklisted and on sanctions…

New York: amphora from Symes/Michaelides auctioned by Christie’s

The amphora as from the Symes-Michaelides archive. New York. Christie’s announced an amphora to be auctioned which passed through the hands of Symes-Michaelides, as proven by images from their confiscated archive (see images on the right), as was reported by forensic archaeologist Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis. The amphora will be auctioned at Christie’s, in New York,…