Attempted Art Heist In Cyprus
Over 11 million Euros' worth of artifacts intercepted.
The Weekly Standard http://assets.weeklystandard.com.s3.amazonaws.com/tws15/images/logo-large.pngThe Weekly Standard 2010 Washington, DC Politics 2010-01-26 http://www.weeklystandard.com/attempted-art-heist-in-cyprus/article/414799 2010-01-26T11:06 2010-01-26T10:58 Attempted Art Heist In Cyprus Yesterday in Cyprus, police authorities arrested the largest ever smuggling ring in the island, including ten Cypriots (most likely Greek), one Syrian, and four others still unknown. They will face charges for illegally possessing and trading in antiquities, as Menelaos Hadjicostis reported from Nicosia. The items found include Hellenistic and Roman coins, Copper Age terra cotta urns, most from southern towns on the coast, and miniature gold items, probably of Egyptian provenance—all in all, a stash estimated to fetch 11 million Euros, or $15.5 million. This is being called by the republic's authorities the largest antiquities theft case of its kind in the Mediterranean island's history. Art experts are currently working to pinpoint the origins of all items, and several questions—such as the name of the intended buyer—remain unanswered. Katherine Eastland http://cdn.weeklystandard.biz/cache/280x280-6697d30323d8fee24e6d7225e57b2ff3.jpg