TURKEY: Istanbul police carry out largest-ever stolen artifact seizure

From DAILY SABAH, published October 19, 2018. The Istanbul Police Department’s Anti-Smuggling Crime Branch teams carried out the biggest seizure of historical artifacts in the history of the republic, with raids across 12 Turkish provinces, recovering 14,000 historical pieces and bags full of foreign currency as well as Turkish lira. The operation was carried out…

ITALY: Court of Palermo dismisses charges of mafia association against Gianfranco Becchina.

From the art-crime.blogspot.com; published October 24, 2018. Following a formal request by the Deputy Prosecutor for the District Anti-Mafia Directorate  Carlo Marzella, preliminary reexamination judge of of the Court of Palermo, Antonella Consiglio, has dismissed the charge of mafia association against the Castelvetrano antiquities dealer Gianfranco Becchina.  In her decision, the judge cited that the accusations used for the…

Spain: Rare archaeological artefacts seized by police

By Dilip Kuner,October 11, 2018, in Euroweeklynews. Four people have been arrested for allegedly being complicit in the plundering of an archaeological site in Spain. Guardia Civil officers have recovered 92 rare Celtiberian pieces said to be of ‘great historical value’. They have been taken to a museum in Burgos to be studied, restored and…

Bulgaria: Оrganised crime group for trade in cultural artefacts dismantled

Sofia. Four persons have been charged with involvement in an organised crime group for illicit trade in cultural artefacts, it transpired at a press briefing in the Special Criminal Court today, Focus News Agency reports. Expert reports confirmed that the objects found are cultural artefacts of historical significance. The unique items are made of gold…

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,…

GREECE: Restitution: An Attic Marble Anthemion from a Grave Stele returned to Greece

Copied from the Art-Crime Blogspot, September 11, 2018 On June 9, 2017 forensic archaeologist Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, wrote to ARCA and to the Art and Antiques Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police (New Scotland Yard), INTERPOL and the Greek police Art Squad reporting that he had identified an Attic Marble Anthemion from a Grave Stele coming up for…