March 30, 2012

Looted Roman statues returned to Italy

Posted at 12:56 pm in Similar cases

Two looted statues have been returned to Italy, after the police were informed by the company that purchased them.


15:04 20 GEN 2012

(AGI) Rome – Two Roman statues dating 1st and 2nd century AD have been returned to Italy by the US. Worth an estimated 2m euro, the white marble statues were returned along with several other listed Italian heritage items. The statues had been bought by American company Humana Inc., who had contacted Italian police heritage experts after having purchased them at a New York gallery. The statues were immediately identified as part of stolen and undeclared heritage. One headless statue, dating 2nd century AD, is that of Roman goddess Fortuna and is 163cm tall; it had been stolen from its premises at a veterans association in Fiumicino in 1986. The other statue, dating 1st century AD, also depicts a female goddess and is 175cm tall; it is deemed to have been removed from unspecified illegal dig in central Italy.

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