“Ancient Statue of Roman Emperor Seized in Cleveland Museum Amid Looting Investigation”
Point 1: Authorities seize a headless statue believed to depict Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius from a museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The bronze artwork, valued at around $20m, is suspected to have been looted from Bubon, Turkey in the 1960s.
Point 2: The Cleveland Museum of Art has not denied the looting claim and takes provenance issues seriously. New York investigators are conducting a criminal investigation into a smuggling network involving antiquities looted from Turkey and trafficked through Manhattan.