£38 Million Trove Of Stolen Antiquities Uncovered In Swiss Raid

26 Jan 2015 7:28 AM | Anonymous

£38 Million Trove Of Stolen Antiquities Uncovered In Swiss Raid

23-01-2015
 

The Swiss and Italian police have uncovered a massive Swiss-Italian antiquities smuggling ring. Police seized 5,361 vases, bronze statues, and frescoes worth an estimated £38 Million, or €50 million, during a raid on a number of Swiss warehouses, the Guardian reports.

The head of the Italian military police, Carabinieri General Mariano Mossa stated to the press, “This is by a long shot the biggest recovery in history in terms of the quantity and quality of the archaeological treasures." The artworks date from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century BC and were displayed for journalists at the Terme di Diocleziano National Roman Museum.

The trove was found during an investigation into the dealings of the Sicilian art dealer Gianfranco Becchina and his Swiss wife Ursula Juraschek. The duo are allegedly part of a smuggling ring that sourced antiquities from illegal excavations in southern Italy, sent them for restoration in Switzerland, and sold them around the world with forged documents of provenance. 

http://www.artlyst.com/articles/38-million-trove-of-stolen-antiquities-uncovered-in-swiss-raid

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