Authorities Seize Ancient Artifact at TEFAF New York

Ruins of the Tachara, Persepolis
Ruins of the Tachara, Persepolis
(Wikipedia)

Police officers and two prosecutors seized an ancient limestone bas-relief from the booth of a London dealer at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) New York Fall fair on Friday, reports the New York Times. The prestigious, vetted fair is on view at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

The piece depicting a Persian soldier, which once adorned a building in the ruins of Persepolis in Iran, was valued at around $1.2 million and offered by renowned antiquities dealer Rupert Wace.

Wace said in a statement that the piece was purchased from an insurance company, and had been purchased legally from a museum in Montreal, where it had been on display since the 1950s.

More News Feed Headlines

Grafton Tyler Brown, Cascade Cliffs, Columbia River, 1885.  Oil on canvas.  17 x 32 inches.  Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art.  Photo © John Wilson White Studio

Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

  • June 20, 2018 18:49

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced ...

Read More

A copy of "Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco" by Caravaggio hangs where the original was stolen from a church in Sicily.

Italy Reopens Investigation Into Missing Caravaggio Masterpiece

  • June 20, 2018 17:08

Nearly 50 years have passed since a Caravaggio masterpiece was stolen, in a case considered ...

Read More

Napoleon reviews the Imperial Guard before the Battle of Jena.

Napoleon's Hat From Waterloo Battle Brings $400,000 at Auction

  • June 18, 2018 18:13

A hat said to have been dropped by Napoleon Bonaparte on the battlefield of Waterloo catapulted ...

Read More

Second Major Fire Consumes Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building

  • June 18, 2018 18:13

A blaze that broke out on June 15 at Glasgow School of Art has left its historic heart devastated ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire