Roman sculptures withdrawn from auction amid fears they are stolen

27 Apr 2010 6:03 PM | Anonymous

Bonhams is withdrawing four Roman sculptures from its antiquities auction tomorrow amid claims they were looted from overseas sites

Bonhams auction house acts after claims that 2nd century AD artefacts were taken during illegal excavations

Dalya Alberge guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 27 April 2010 19.08 BST Article


Four Roman sculptures are to be withdrawn from auction tomorrowamid claims that they were stolen from archaeological sites overseas.

Photographs seized by police suggested that the sculptures – funerary busts and a marble statue of a youth from the second century AD – were illicitly excavated, archaeologists told the Guardian.

A spokesman for Bonhams auctioneers said: "Whenever a serious question is raised about an item's provenance we withdraw it from sale pending an internal investigation. We take rigorous care to ensure that we only sell items that have a clear provenance."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/apr/27/bonhams-stolen-roman-sculptures-auction

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