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08 Sep 2021

Judge Rejects Turkey’s Claim That Ancient Sculpture Was Looted

A U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday that Turkey cannot recover a 6,000-year-old marble idol known as the "Guennol Stargazer" from Christie's and the hedge fund billionaire Michael Steinhardt.

Article in Swissinfo

05 Aug 2021

A Dealer’s Attempt to Sue the Nation of Italy

A U.S. judge has dismissed an art dealer’s lawsuit against Italy over a disputed sculpture of Alexander the Great. New York’s Safani Gallery brought the suit against the Italian government after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, acting on a lead from the Italian culture ministry, seized the ancient artifact.

ARTNET NEWS

05 Aug 2021

Iraq: 17,000 ancient looted artifacts returned

On Wednesday, the US announced it was returning 17,000 archaeological artifacts to Iraq. The objects, which are around 4,000 years old and from the Sumerian period, were returned on Thursday onboard the flight of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who was in Washington DC for a meeting with US President Joe Biden.

Full article in DW

20 Apr 2021

Call for feedback on EU’s cultural goods importation rules

The art and antiques sector has until April 21 to submit feedback on new rules proposed by the European Union on the import of cultural goods. Following Brexit the UK will not adhere to the new regulations on this matter. But all EU nations will follow the new law when it comes into force, expected to be by 2025.

The form can be found online at: http://atg.news/EUculturalgoods

 

26 Mar 2021

Police barred from searching Queen's estates for looted artefacts

Police have been barred from searching the Queen’s private estates for stolen or looted artefacts after ministers granted her a personal exemption from a law that protects the world’s cultural property, the Guardian can reveal. Buckingham Palace and the government are refusing to say why it was deemed necessary in 2017 to give the Queen an exemption that prevents police from searching Balmoral and Sandringham.

The Guardian

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