Italian police recover more than 5,000 archaeological objects stolen by the mafia

Italian police recover more than 5,000 archaeological objects stolen by the mafia

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Italian Carabinieri have confirmed that more than 5,000 archaeological objects of enormous value and that had been stolen by the mafia of the country to commercialize abroad, have been recovered mainly in Switzerland, although they have had the participation of different countries of the world.

All of them were in the possession of a well-known Sicilian merchant Gianfranco Becchina, along with an archive containing thousands of documents and images detailing the origin of the works, most of them disappeared years ago, especially from the archaeological park of Selinunte (Sicily) and Mazara del Vallo , where thousands of objects are still underwater.

One of the most important works recovered is «The beautiful addormentata", a roman sarcophagus that was recovered in a warehouse in Queens, in New York, packed to be sold to a famous Japanese buyer who paid 3 million dollars for it.

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