Medici Conspiracy The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities from Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums

ISBN-10: 1586484389

ISBN-13: 9781586484385

Edition: 2007 (Annotated)

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Description: A gripping true-life detective drama and expose of an underground smuggling network with control of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of looted Italian antiquities, and how those stolen treasures have found their way into the world's most prestigious museums, auction houses, and private collections.

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 6/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Peter Watson is an intellectual historian, journalist, and the author of thirteen books, including The German Genius, The Medici Conspiracy, and The Great Divide. He has written for The Sunday Times, The New York Times, the Observer, and the Spectator. He lives in London.

Authors' Note
Prologue on Fifth Avenue
Operation Geryon
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 the 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 + 100,000 Looted Tombs = Chippindale's Law
Epilogue on Fifth Avenue
Acknowledgments and Dedication
Dossier
Notes
Index
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