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The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities

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This true-life thriller completely exposes the network behind the illegal trade in ancient artefacts - and features a rich cast of rogues and some of the world's prestigious art institutions. The story begins, as stories do in all good thrillers, with a botched robbery and a police chase. Eight Apuleian vases of the fourth century BC are discovered in the swimming pool of a German-based art smuggler. More valuable than the recovery of the vases, however, is the discovery of the smuggler's card index detailing his deals and dealers. It reveals the existence of a web of tombaroli - tomb raiders - who steal classical artefacts, and a network of dealers and smugglers who spirit them out of Italy and into the hands of wealthy collectors and museums. Among the loot are the irreplaceable and highly collectable vases of Euphronius, the equivalent in their field of the sculpture of Bernini, or the painting of Michelangelo. The narrative leads to the doors of some major institutions including Sotheby's, the Getty Museum in LA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Filled with great characters and human drama, "The Medici Conspiracy" authoritatively exposes another shameful round in one of the oldest games in the world: theft, smuggling and duplicitous dealing, all in the name of art.

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Author Peter Watson & Cecilia Todeschini
Binding Hardback
Condition New
Pages 320
ISBN-13 9781586484026
Publisher Public Affairs


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