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2010-07-23 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of 337 antiquities to Italy as part of Operation Andromeda. In December 2008 an investigation into the business connections of a London-based antiquities dealer led police to a storage facility in the Geneva Freeport in Switzerland. The premises, owned by a Japanese dealer, were found to contain around 20,000 objects. The dealer decided to co-operate with the authorities and he agreed to the return of...

2010-07-16 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the news that a number of antiquities acquired by the National Museum of Archaeology in Madrid appear to feature in the dossier of Polaroid photographs seized from dealer Giacomo Medici. In 1999 the National Museum of Archaeology in Madrid acquired 181 antiquities from the Spanish financier Jose Luis Varez Fisa for $12 million. Varez Fisa was listed in the 2009 ARTNews list of top 200 collectors. At the time the...

2010-04-30 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the use of photographic archives to identify recently surfaced antiquities. In September 1995 a police raid on the Geneva Freeport premises of antiquities dealer Giacomo Medici yielded over 4000 photographs in addition to some 3800 objects. Painstaking work by teams of investigators and archaeologists has led to the identification of a number of items in public and private collections. Some summary lists for...

2010-04-23 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the decision to withdraw a Roman statue from auction at Bonhams in London. In 1997, the investigative journalist Peter Watson exposed the workings of the antiquities market in London. He carefully documented the way that antiquities were being stripped from archaeological contexts in Italy (and elsewhere), and then forwarded to London, often via Switzerland. Raids in the Geneva Freeport provided a major dossier...

2009-12-04 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of two antiquities to Italian authorities. Two antiquities have been handed over to Italian authorities by James T. Hayes, Jr. the New York agent of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Both items had been seized in raids in June 2009. One of the pieces was a fragment of a Roman wall-painting that had been discovered at Boscoreale on the Bay of Naples. It appears to have come from an...

2009-09-04 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the possible implications of the investigation into an antiquities dealer from Jaipur, India. In June 2003 a dealer in antiquities was arrested in Jaipur. He had aroused suspicion in the 1990s during an undercover investigation by British journalist Peter Watson. One of the leads had been provided by a former employee of a major London auction-house. He had described the dealer as 'a kind of Indian Medici,' an...

2009-07-24 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the news that Giacomo Medici has lost his appeal in the Italian courts. The Geneva-based antiquities dealer Giacomo Medici has been the focus of attention since police raids on his Geneva warehouse in the Freeport back in the mid 1990s. Objects seized from the facility shed light on a well-beaten track between looted archaeological sites in Italy and dealers in northern Europe. The paper trail also pointed to...

2005-11-16 12:07:32

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - A former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles appeared in a Rome court on Wednesday to face charges of acquiring stolen artifacts, in a trial spotlighting the shady side of the global art trade. Prosecutors say the case, part of efforts by the Italian government to crack down on the trade of illegally excavated or stolen archaeological treasures, will put pressure on museums worldwide to verify the origin of the art works they...

2005-07-18 08:48:09

By Shasta Darlington ROME (Reuters) - The curator of antiquities at California's respected J. Paul Getty Museum went on trial in Rome on Monday accused of receiving stolen artefacts in a case closely watched by the international art world. After a decade-long investigation, Italian prosecutors charged Marion True, who has been with the Getty for over 20 years, of criminal conspiracy to receive stolen goods and illegal receipt of archaeological artefacts. True denies the charges and the...


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