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The Medici conspiracy : the illicit journey of looted antiquities, from Italy's tomb raiders to the world's greatest museums

Author: Peter Watson; Cecilia Todeschini
Publisher: New York : BBS PublicAffairs, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Traces the network of dealers and smugglers who have placed stolen European artifacts into the hands of museums and wealthy collectors.
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Named Person: Giacomo Medici; Giacomo Medici
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Watson; Cecilia Todeschini
ISBN: 1586484028 9781586484026
OCLC Number: 63187543
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 379 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue on Fifth Avenue --
Sotheby's, Switzerland, smugglers --
Connoisseurs and criminals: the passion for Greek vases --
Corridor 17 --
Forensic archaeology in the Freeport --
The paper trail, the Polaroids, and the "Cordata" --
The Getty: the "Museum of the Tombaroli" --
The Metropolitan in New York and other rogue museums --
"Collectors are real looters" --
The laundries of London and New York --
Phone taps and the great rumor --
The Paris raid on Robert Hecht --
Raids in Zurich and Geneva, arrest and interrogations in Cyprus and Berlin --
Interrogations in Los Angeles and Manhattan --
The puzzle of the "orphans" --
The "Cordata" continues in Egypt, Greece, Israel, and Oxford --
The fall of Robin Symes --
The woodcutter's archive --
The trial of Giacomo Medici --
Trading with Japan, trials in Rome --
Operation eclipse --
Conclusion: 500 million dollars + 100,000 looted tombs --
Chippendale's Law --
Epilogue on Fifth Avenue --
Dossier.
Responsibility: Peter Watson and Cecilia Todeschini.
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The Archaeological Implications of the Medici Conspiracy

by DavidWJGill (WorldCat user published 2008-02-06) Excellent Permalink
For a full review article of this significant book see D.W.J. Gill and C. Chippindale in American Journal of Archaeology 111 (2007) 571-74.This is available at:http://ajaonline.org/pdfs/111.3/AJA1113_Gill.pdf
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