Stolen Treasures

This ancient work of art has a story to tell. Crafted more than 2,600 years ago, this funerary stele was unearthed in 1994, smuggled out of Egypt and eventually sold to a wealthy Manhattan collector. The FBI got involved and returned the artifact to Egypt in 2005. Along its journey in the illicit antiquities trade, this stele passed through the hands of a notorious British smuggler, an ambitious New York art broker and some of the top dealers in Ancient Art. Based on the reporting of New York Times reporters Barry Meier and Martin Gottlieb. Read the NY Times Story here.