A Smooth, Stone Cold Smuggler

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Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions during New York’ City’s phenomenal Asia Week 2017 ended a few weeks ago with fantastic fanfare and sales. This was a relief for the antiquities trade because last year’s events were fraught with frustration, fulminations, and finger-pointing because several artifacts were uncovered as illicit right before they were scheduled to appear at auction.The capers and crimes … Read More

Avarice and Semi-Automatics off the Aegean

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The intrepid work of Greek police dismantled a criminal ring of armed smugglers recently. Its investigation was a pain-staking 14 months. Authorities believe that the syndicate is made up of about 50 people. Around October 5, 2016, 26 people were arrested with guns, cash, fake license plates, and metal detectors. They were caught smuggling several ancient Greek artifacts, including glassware; … Read More

The Syrian Open Market, the Western Appetite for Antiquities, and the Consumption of Fakes

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Everybody in the West is counterfeit fighting!! It’s because those Syrian smugglers were fast as lightning! In fact, to see experts colluding with them was a little bit frightening! They sold fake antiquities with expert timing! Apologies for the corny take on Carl Douglas’s classic Kung-Fu exploitation song “Kung Fu Fighting (1974).” However, I felt like it was appropriate because experts and law enforcement are in … Read More