Thursday 22 January 2015

Tomb Raiders' Haul

Police in Italy and Switzerland have broken a Swiss-based trafficking ring, after a 14-year investigation, and have recovered more than 5,000 rare antiquities. These were looted by tomb raiders across southern Italy and Sicily and were smuggled to Basel, where they were tidied up, issued with forged certificates of authenticity and sold to museums around the world. The treasures include antiquities from the 8th Century BC to the 3rd Century AD, worth an estimated £38 million. Italian art dealer Gianfranco Becchina, who owns an art gallery in Switzerland, has been arrested by Italian police. His Swiss-born wife was arrested in Switzerland. The photo shows some of the haul displayed by police at the Baths of Diocletian national museum, Rome (CLICK).


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