Christie’s Quietly Pulls Greek and Roman Antiquities From an Online Auction After Evidence Suggests They May Have Been Looted – artnet News

Christie’s has pulled four Greek and Roman antiquities from an online auction after new evidence arose suggesting they may have been looted.

The four lots—a Roman marble hare, a bronze Roman eagle, and two Attic vases—were quietly withdrawn from the antiquities sale, which ends tomorrow, following “new information by the appropriate authorities from archives currently still unavailable to our researchers,” a Christie’s spokesperson told the Guardian.

Christie’s did not respond to requests for comment.

Archaeologist Christos Tsirogiannis, who has a history of outing looted antiquities that come up for sale as well as in private and museum collections, revealed the artifacts’ illicit origins.

“Unprovenanced, looted, and stolen antiquities are continuously on offer by the market, because the market refuses to send images of the objects they intend to sell to the relevant authorities and check these objects with them, before the auction houses and the dealers even compile their sale catalogues,” Tsirogiannis, an associate professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, told Artnet News in an email.

This photograph of a Roman marble hare sculpture from the archives of Italian antiquities dealer Gianfranco Becchina, convicted of selling looted art, matches a work that was set to be sold at an upcoming Christie's auction. Photo courtesy of Becchina archive.

This photograph of a Roman marble hare sculpture