February 27, 2015
A bronze statuette stolen from an Italian museum has been returned after it was identified at an Auction in New York.
25 February 2015 Last updated at 16:13
Stolen art returned to Italy from New York
An ancient statuette and an 18th Century painting have been returned to Italy, having turned up in New York decades after being stolen.
The painting, The Holy Trinity Appearing to Saint Clement, is by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, a Venetian artist born in 1696.
Prosecutors believe it was stolen from a house in Turin in 1982.
The bronze statuette of Hercules dates to the 5th or 6th Century and vanished from a Pesaro museum in 1964.
The Tiepolo reappeared at a New York auction in January last year, when it was seized by the FBI.
The statuette was discovered when it was offered for sale by an auction house in Manhattan.
“For decades, two significant pieces of Italian heritage have been on the run,” said FBI assistant director Diego Rodriguez.
Italy has spent the last decade campaigning to retrieve art and cultural artefacts its government says were looted or stolen.
Other countries have also taken action in recent years to reclaim antiquities, sometimes with help from US authorities.
- Italian policeman locates looted statue in New York : December 9, 2010
- Christies halts sale of disputed Sardinian bronze age pagan icon : December 5, 2014
- Switzerland returns looted Etruscan treasure to Italy : January 27, 2016
- Getty offers to return three disputed artefacts : October 8, 2005
- Italy to pursue stolen ancient helmet in German courts : January 11, 2011
- Getty to return 40 Italian antiquities : August 3, 2007
- UK accused of selling looted treasures to pay tax bill : June 6, 2010
- The statue at Ottawa’s Lord Elgin Hotel : January 30, 2012