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Art Theft

Over the past two weeks, Christie’s held seven online auctions as part of their “Classic Week,” which has featured everything from ancient artworks to Old Master painting. One of the auctions, in particular, though, has garnered some unwanted attention. After four Greek and Roman works quietly disappeared from the catalogue of the auction of antiquities, one archaeologist took note.

Unless you were eyeing the works yourself, the removal of lots 113, 121, 49, and 25 (two Attic vases, a marble hare sculpture of Roman origins, and a Roman bronze eagle sculpture, respectively) from the auction of antiquities might have flown under the radar. After all, it isn’t terribly uncommon for auction houses to remove lots from auctions already underway. However, for Christos Tsirogiannis, a leading archaeologist and associate professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies within the University of Aarhus in Denmark, the presence and subsequent removal of the lots did not go unnoticed. Instead, Tsirogiannis saw the withdrawn lots as a sign of ongoing issues within the antiquities market.

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