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…

London, UK: Sotheby’s sells Roman marble figure from Symes-Michaelides

London. Sotheby’s put on sale in their 3/7/2018 antiquities auction a Roman Marble Figure of an Athlete, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D. (lot 23). It is estimated at £30.000-50,000. According to Sotheby’s, the ‘provenance’ is: John Hewett (1919-1994), London, perhaps acquired from Robin Symes; James Freeman, Kyoto, probably acquired from the above in the early 1970s; acquired from…

Ionian shipwrecks and antiquity smuggling

Source: Archaeology and Arts [May 16, 2018] The ‘history’ of Ionian shipwrecks emerges after three cases of antiquity smuggling in one month were investigated by the Ioannina Police and two Germans living for 30 years in the coastal town of Perdika in Thesprotia were arrested, as well as a scuba diver in Igoumenitsa and a…

UNESCO, EU and art market fight against illicit trafficking of cultural objects

From the UNESCO-Homepage, published March 28, 2018 When it comes to the global art market, Europe is reportedly the largest exporter of art and antiquities, and the second largest importer.  While most of the estimated USD 14.6 billion European trade is licit or “clean”, there is no doubt that it also falls victim to organized…

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…

PERU: stopping the trafficking of priceless artefactss

The high-stakes race to stop the trafficking of priceless artefacts A team of Peruvian investigative journalists are leading a bold global project. Its aim: to expose the trafficking of Latin American artefacts. Written by Karen Emslie, published Thursday 17 May 2018 at Wired In December 2016, David Hidalgo received a photograph of a 17th-century Peruvian…

Paris: Auction of illicit objects at ‘Pierre Bergé & Associés’

The French auction house ‘Pierre Bergé & Associés‘, Paris, is about to auction on Wednesday, May 16, a very rare bronze Roman doctor’s box, full of its surgical instruments. The group is lot 236, is estimated at 16,000-18,000 euros and the only collecting history (‘provenance’) that accompanies it is: ‘Hishiguro antiquities collection, Tokyo, 1992‘. The…