Marcus Aurelius head
Author: Neil Brodie
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016
Marble head stolen from Algerian museum recovered from Christie’s New York in 2004.
In 2004, Christie’s New York featured on the front cover of its 8 June Antiquities auction catalogue a late-second-century AD marble head of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Offered as lot 69, the provenance of the head was given as ‘with N. Koutoulakis, Paris, circa late 1940s’. Interpol and the Art Loss Register recognized the head as being one of nine pieces stolen from a museum in Skikda, Algeria in 1996. The head was seized by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and returned to Algeria in January 2008 (ICE 2008, 2010).
ICE (2008), ‘ICE returns ancient marble sculpture of Roman Emperor to Algerian government’, press release, 15 January (Washington DC: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement). http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/0801/080115washington.htm, accessed 6 February 2014.
ICE (2010), ‘Cultural heritage investigations and repatriations’, press release, 29 April (Washington DC: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement). http://www.ice.gov/news/library/factsheets/cultural-artifacts.htm, accessed 6 February 2014.