The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities-- From Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums

The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities-- From Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586484385
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/02/2007
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,288,180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Watson writes for the New York Times and has written weekly columns on the art market for the London Sunday Times, Observer and Evening Standard. In June 1997, he was appointed Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Caravaggio Conspiracy, From Manet to Manhattan,and Sotheby's: The Inside Story. Cecilia Todeschini is a researcher and translator who has worked for the BBC, ITV, CBS, ABC, and NBC. She has covered papal conclaves as well as the great mafia trials in Italy among many other subjects.

Table of Contents

Authors' Note     vii
Prologue on Fifth Avenue     ix
Operation Geryon     1
Sotheby's, Switzerland, Smugglers     25
Connoisseurs and Criminals-the Passion for Greek Vases     33
Corridor 17     48
Forensic Archaeology in the Freeport     53
The Paper Trail, the Polaroids, and the "Cordata"     66
The Getty-the "Museum of the Tombaroli"     80
The Metropolitan in New York and Other Rogue Museums     100
"Collectors Are the Real Looters"     112
The Laundries of London and New York     135
Phone Taps and the Great Rumor     146
The Paris Raid on Robert Hecht     156
Raids in Zurich and Geneva, Arrest and Interrogations in Cyprus and Berlin     182
Interrogations in Los Angeles and Manhattan     203
The Puzzle of the "Orphans"     222
The "Cordata" Continues-in Egypt, Greece, Israel, and Oxford     230
The Fall of Robin Symes     248
The Woodcutter's Archive     265
The Trial of Giacomo Medici     269
Trading with Japan, Trials in Rome     284
Operation Eclipse     306
Conclusion: {dollar}500 Million + 100,000 Looted Tombs = Chippindale's Law     325
Epilogue on Fifth Avenue     353
Acknowledgments and Dedication     360
Dossier     361
Notes     384
Index     391

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Some of the best non-fiction I have read. Professionals in the Arts or in Law, I encourage you to read this book. Professional ethics are linked with integrity, or the lack of it. I will never consider membership at any 'art' museum with a casual attitude again!
LibraryDiva76 on LibraryThing 4 months ago
An excellent account of the tangled web of antiquities smuggling. Very relevant considering that charges are still pending against several of the principals in the book, and investigations are ongoing. The authors make sense of the whole mess in a suspenseful and engaging manner, and as a museum professional, it gave me a lot to think about. Highly reccomended!
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