Swiss art gallery surrenders antiquities to Italy

Published on May 19th, 2009 | by Admin


A Swiss art gallery has surrendered 251 ancient artifacts worth $2.7 million, most of them illegally excavated in Italy.

Raffaele Mancino of the Carabinieri art squad said the objects were returned by brothers who run the gallery in Geneva. The police said this was the successful end of an operation they codenamed “Phoenix.”

The returned objects were illegally excavated in Etruscan tombs in central Italy, as well as burial sites in the southern part of the country, according to a Culture Ministry news release.

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