Christies withdraws over £1.2m in ancient artefacts after Glasgow academic identifies them as stolen

14 Apr 2015 1:09 PM | Anonymous

Christie’s withdraws over £1.2m in ancient artefacts after Glasgow academic identifies them as stolen

 

The auction house Christie’s has removed over £1.2 million worth of ancient artefacts after an academic from a Scottish university identified them as being linked to criminal networks in Europe The Scotsman reports.

Dr Christos Tsirogiannis, a research assistant at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research warned Christie’s was failing to carry out checks after he found images of the stolen artefacts in archives taken from Italian art dealers convicted of art trafficking offences.

The treasures were meant to be sold at auction in London tomorrow but have been removed after Dr Tsirogiannis informed Interpol as well as Italian authorities.

http://www.scottishlegal.com/2015/04/14/christies-withdraws-over-1-2m-in-ancient-artefacts-after-glasgow-academic-identifies-them-as-stolen/