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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…

Switzerland: Basel sells looted antiquities

Two articles from the Basler Zeitung (also here), written by Raphael Suter, October 31, 2017 (in German). See also the Tageswoche (also German). Um die Verfahrenskosten zu decken, verkauft der Kanton Basel-Stadt einige Kunstgegenstände unsicherer Provenienz. Macht sich der Staat so nicht selber zum Hehler? Die rechtliche Situation ist klar, die moralische sehr viel komplexer.…

ITALY/Olbia: Arrest of ‘tombaroli’

25 Etruscan objects and some forgeries were recovered by the police; a 29 year old was reported.  From the Quotidiano del Litorale November 21, 2017 (in Italian). C’è la skyphos o coppa ma anche un oinochoe e una kylix, la classica coppa per il vino, nell’inventario dei reperti sequestrati ad un giovane intercettato dai carabinieri…

ITALY: Mafia & Cultural Heritage

 From Il Vibonese, written by Giuseppe Baglivo, November 20, 2017. In Italian. Un grande mercato internazionale, molti vantaggi e poche regole. Il Vibonese è da tempo al centro di traffici di reperti archeologici che abbracciano mezza Europa e si propagano sin negli Stati Uniti. Un sottobosco di “professionisti”, legati a un circuito di distribuzione su scala…

ARCA’s Postgraduate program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection

ARCA’s Postgraduate program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection is now accepting applications. Information copied from the ARCA’s homepage. In 2009 ARCA started the first of its kind, interdisciplinary, approach to the scholarly study of art crime. Representing a unique opportunity for individuals interested in training in a structured and academically diverse format, the…

GERMANY/ITALY: Gorny & Mosch selling antiquities from Giacomo Medici

Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, affiliated researcher at The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow, has just identified today, November 20, 2017,  the kylix (cup) lot 62 at the forthcoming antiquities auction of Gorny & Mosch in Munich, Germany (Auction 252  –  13.12.2017: Ancient Art: An important collection of Greek vases and parts…

ITALY: Property of Becchina seized – link to Cosa Nostra

The Italian Journal 24ore, Campobello-News, and Palermo.repubblica  noted today, November 15, 2017, that the property of Gianfranco Becchina (here more info in Italian) was confiscated due to links to the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, namely its boss Matteo Messina Denaro: authorities have seized the noble house and Becchina’s bussiness (Olio Verde, Demetra srl, Becchina & company…

Looted antiquities allegedly on sale at London Frieze Masters art fair

Howard Swains Howard Swains for the Guardian, October 22, 2017. Ancient Greek vases identified as having once been in possession of convicted dealer Gianfranco Becchina. In January 2015, the art squad of the Italian carabinieri hosted a press conference in Rome at which they proudly displayed more than 5,000 illicit antiquities, with an estimated value…