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Art Theft

The French dealer Christophe Kunicki, an expert on Mediterranean archaeology, was charged in Paris on Friday with gang fraud and money laundering. Kunicki and his husband and associate Richard Sampaire, who was also charged, were released Friday night under judicial supervision by the Paris judge Jean-Michel Gentil.

According to an official source, the investigation, opened in 2018 by the French central office against art trafficking, involves the sale of “hundreds of artefacts from the Middle East for tens of millions euros” over the past several years. French investigators started to look into Kunicki’s dealing after the sale to the Metropolitan in 2017 of a golden-gilded sarcophagus. The museum returned the coffin to Egypt last year, saying that it had been informed that the provenance had been forged and that it had actually been stolen during the Arab Spring unrest in 2011.

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