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America. New York returns $19 million worth of looted antiquities to Italy

America.  New York returns $19 million worth of looted antiquities to Italy

58 stolen artifacts worth $19 million were returned to Italy on Tuesday by New York authorities. The items have been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art over the years, including a marble head of Athena worth about $3 million.

“We’re proud to return them today,” said Col. Matthew Bogdanos, chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office’s division that oversees the antiquities trade, promising “many more seizures and many more repatriations” throughout the year.

According to the Manhattan attorney’s office, the memorabilia was sold America By the local fences that used us Italy Local thieves loot private collections, cemeteries, apartments and houses.

A marble head of Athena worth around $3 million was also donated.

Antiquities recovered by American investigators were handed over to ItalyReuters

Marble head of AthenaReuters

The recovered relics are “part of our past, our ancestors,” Italian police general Roberto Riccardi said at the ceremony.

A “one of a kind” unit

Since the beginning of 2010, the antiquities division has recovered 4,500 stolen artifacts valued at $250 million, said Col. Matthew Bogdanos.

The success in this case is attributed to the unprecedented cooperation of the experts employed by the above division. – This is a unique unit, probably in the world, in which lawyers, investigators and inspectors form a team – the official said.

Main photo source: Reuters

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