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…

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…

New York: Christie’s selling objects connected to Becchina and Symes

Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis has identified two potentially tainted antiquities, scheduled to be auctioned by Christie’s auction house in New York on 18 April 2018.  Law enforcement authorities were informed in late March. One of the objects is now withdrawn from the auction. Lot 26, an Etruscan ‘Pontic’ black-figured neck-amphora, from two Polaroid images included in…

USA / ITALY: Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater

Greek, Paestum in southern Italy. Attributed to Python, as painter. Mixing vessel (calyx-krater). About 350-340 BCE.From Artdaily, February 1, 2018. The Speed Art Museum is returning to the Italian government a 2,400-year-old ceramic vessel that was apparently looted from Italian soil. The return of this red-figure calyx-krater is part of a multi-year agreement between the…

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…