“US repatriates 40+ treasured artifacts to Italy.”

New York officials handed over 42 pilfered Italian artifacts worth around $3.5 million on Tuesday, marking their latest move to distance the city from its past ties to the illicit art market. These pieces, some dating back 2,500 years, were ceremoniously given to Italian representatives, as mentioned by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. Since his 2022 tenure began, over 200 stolen items have been sent back to Italy. A standout piece, a vase from Apulia dated to 335 BC, was smuggled by Giacomo Medici before its New York confiscation. Since 2017, New York has returned a plethora of stolen art from almost 20 nations, spanning various eras and regions.


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