Today, the Italian Ministry of Culture presented 60 artifacts worth more than $20 million, recently recovered from the United States, where they were sold by international smugglers after they were stolen. ad.
And the Italian Sky TG24 indicated that the works were found after an important investigative activity carried out by Italian policemen, the Carabinieri, and were offered for sale by some art brokers to private collections in the United States.
Among the pieces that were also recovered was a marble head of “Athena” and a ceramic cup typical of Greek art, and some of them were taken from secret excavations and thefts in archaeological areas, and they were found with merchants who did not have the necessary licenses to sell them.--
“These 60 items represent the looting of Italian archaeological sites by unscrupulous traffickers in order to obtain illegal profits. They have been kept for a long time in museums, private homes and foreign galleries without any ownership rights. These criminals have been exposed,” the Italian police Carabineros said in a statement.-
The Italian Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangioliano, said that “the recovery of these findings by the Carabinieri is a great success in the framework of activities to combat illegal trafficking in objects belonging to our nation.”
The Italian authorities said that in 2022, according to the latest data that has not yet been updated, 74,748 archaeological and paleontological assets were recovered and 1,227 fake works were seized (with a value, if put on the market as genuine, in excess of 85 million euros).