Why Italy should sell the 5,000 antiquities recovered by the police

25 Mar 2015 8:40 AM | Anonymous

Why Italy should sell the 5,000 antiquities recovered by the police

Improperly excavated artefacts could be auctioned to help cash-strapped museums
prosecution (without verdict) of former Getty curator Marian True, and the items that have had to be restituted by museums to Italy because the case against them was embarrassingly secure, have led to a more civilised, ethical policy being adopted by most institutions, which will no longer buy or accept as gifts items that lack a documented provenance dating back before 1970 (the date of the Unesco Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Why-Italy-should-sell-the--antiquities-recovered-by-the-police/37159