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 One of the objects is now withdrawn from the auction.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…

EAA-conference in Barcelona, September 2018: call for contributions

At the annual conference of the EAA in Barcelona, 5-8 September 2018, our committee organises a session on: CULTURAL PROPERTY: FROM LOOTING AND ILLEGAL TRADE TO RESTITUTION Theme: Archaeology and the European Year of Cultural Heritage (Session #763) Author: Dr Mödlinger, Marianne (France) – Université Bordeaux Montaigne Organisors: Dr Kairiss, Andris (Latvia) – Latvian Academy…

The freeport in Geneva – news in Italian

Dal sole24ore, Dicember 4, 2017, scritto da R. Galullo e A. Mincuzzi. Otto minuti di cammino separano la costruzione di vetro e acciaio del quartier generale di Ubs dal più inaccessibile museo della terra. Carouge, nella parte sudoccidentale di Ginevra, è un luogo di misteri. Il palazzo dell’Ubs ospitava fino a qualche anno fa la…

PARIS: auction of doubtful Roman marble statue at Millon

As recently discovered by Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, a forensic archaeologist and Affiliated Researcher in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow, Lot no. 292, from the forthcoming auction of Millon, on Friday, 8th of December, in Paris, at Hotel Drouot, has quiet some doubtful origin. According to the Millon…