Monday 18 November 2013

Feds Seize Fresco Looted from Italian World Heritage Site

Feds Seize Fresco Looted from Italian World Heritage Site , Chasing Aphrodite blog, November 18, 2013. Acording to court records,
Federal agents in New York have seized a looted fresco fragment destined for Michael Steinhardt, the billionaire hedge fund titan turned antiquities collector, according to court records filed last week. On April 19, 2011 the fresco was shipped to Steinhardt via FedEx from Kloten, Switzerland [...] [with an] affidavit of provenance signed by the shipper of record, Andrew Baker of Vaduz, Lichtenstein [which] stated the fresco had originated in Macedonia and been acquired in 1959 by Lens Tschanned, who had kept it in his private residence ever since.
Experts and Italian investigators came to a different conclusion, court records show. They say the fresco was looted from the archaeological site of Paestum, south of Naples.

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