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The four lots—a Roman marble hare, a bronze Roman eagle, and two Attic vases—were quietly withdrawn from the antiquities sale, which ends tomorrow, following “new information by the appropriate authorities from archives currently still unavailable to our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