What is new about it is how easy it is for cultural pirates to acquire valuable antiquities, artworks and artifacts, fossils, coins or textiles and move them around the globe, swiftly, easily and inexpensively without regard to laws, borders, nationalities or their value to a nation’s heritage.Fortunately, ICE agents are better prepared than ever to combat these crimes.ICE was able to track the sale of the sarcophagus to a U. citizen, who was neither an art dealer nor a broker.Due to the absence of a credible provenance, the item was seized and returned to Egypt in accordance with its Cultural Patrimony Laws.ICE and the National Civilian Police of El Salvador confiscated the artifacts while working together in their first joint investigation, which started after the items were discovered listed for sale on an Internet auction site. In 2003 they had been part of a shipment of what appeared to be ceramics that traveled by plane from Peru for a customer in Miami.
The officer referred the item to ICE for investigation.The manuscript, "Domain and Baronage in the City of Venafro," written by Giovanni Antonio Monachetti dates back to 1710. After conducting research about the manuscript, the curator of the Des Moines Art Center realized that it was the same one missing from the town of Venafro. ICE returned two paintings, "Modern Painting with Yellow Interweave"; by Roy Lichtenstein and "Figures Dans Une Structure"; by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, to the government of Brazil. The paintings may have been linked to financial crimes committed by Ferreira.The paintings, which belonged to Brazilian banker Edemarcid Ferreira, were smuggled into the U. He was convicted in Brazil of crimes against the national financial system and money laundering and is now serving 21 years in prison. ICE investigated the artifacts after they were advertised on e Bay in 2008.ICE works with experts to authenticate the items, determine their true ownership and return them to their countries of origin.ICE returned 11 oil paintings to the Pirmasen Municipal Museum in Germany. serviceman who had served in Pirmasens in 1945 turned a number of the paintings over to ICE.The items include two Peruvian terracotta vessels from the period A. The bookmark had been stolen during a break-in at an art auction house in Madrid, Spain.