Case Studies

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Maya antiquities sold at Sotheby’s in 1995

Two pre-Columbian antiquities offered for sale by Sotheby’s New York in 1994, were later found in photographs taken by an admitted artifact looter and smuggler.

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Vibia Sabina Statue

A 2nd century Roman statue looted from Italy, acquired by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1979, and returned to Italy in 2006.

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Maya ‘Fresco’ Fake

Antiquities dealer Leonardo Patterson convicted of federal wire fraud for attempting to sell a fake Maya ‘fresco’

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Behbeit el-Hagar temple reliefs

In 2004 a piece of temple relief was returned to Egypt from Christie’s New York...

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Vaman Ghiya

Indian antiquities dealer accused of selling stolen antiquities through Sotheby’s.

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Egyptian objects sold at Bonhams and Christie’s London in 2013

Material stolen from Egypt and sold through Christie’s and Bonhams in London.

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Cerro El Plomo Child

The first high-altitude frozen mummy found in Chile. It was located and then hidden by looters who eventually sold it to the government.

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Incirlik smuggling network, Turkey (1998)

In 1997, a smuggling ring based in Incirlik Air Base supplying Turkish artefacts to the United States was broken up.

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San Andrés de Machaca Church Looting

This remote Bolivian church has been robbed on several occasions; two paintings stolen from it were recovered in London in 2011.

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Corinth Museum Theft 1990

In 1990 thieves stole more than 270 artifacts from the museum of the Corinth excavations in Greece. Several pieces were recovered from Christie’s New York in the late 1990s, while most of the remainder were discovered in Miami in 1999.