Stolen Roman ‘Togatus’ statue, worth 100,000 euro, found in Belgian antique shop

Off-duty Italy artwork cops discover Roman ‘Togatus’ statue, that was looted from the Villa Marini Dettina archaeological website in November 2011, in a Belgian antiques shop


UPDATED ON APR 13, 2021 11:50 AM IST

Italian police say they’ve recovered a 1st century Roman statue that was stolen from an archaeological website in 2011 and found in a Belgian antiques shop by two off-duty Italian artwork squad cops.

An Italian businessman who used a Spanish pseudonym has been referred to prosecutors for additional investigation into allegations he acquired after which exported the statue overseas, the Carabinieri artwork squad mentioned in a press release Monday.

The “Togatus” statue, that includes a headless Roman sporting a draped toga, has a price of 100,000 euro.

It was stolen in November 2011 from the Villa Marini Dettina archaeological website on the outskirts of the capital, the assertion mentioned.

Two members of the artwork squad’s archaeological unit have been on project in Brussels after they took a stroll after work in the Sablon neighbourhood that’s recognized for its antiques retailers.

They noticed a marble statue that they suspected was from Italy, and confirmed their suspicions after they cross-referenced the work with a database of recognized stolen antiquities, the assertion mentioned.

Italy for many years has labored to get better looted antiquities which have ended up in non-public collections, well-known museums and business antique retailers all over the world.

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