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The investor and art collector Michael Steinhardt, New York, in 2010
New York — investigators in search of works of ancient suspected of having been unlawfully acquired raided on Friday evening the apartment and the office of a famous billionaire and philanthropist in new york, according to the office of the prosecutor of Manhattan.
At least nine works, according to the New York Times, have been seized in the famous investor and art collector Michael Steinhardt.
This man of 77 years old, considered a brilliant investor who made a fortune with a hedge fund created at the end of the 60s, is known for its taste for Greek antiquities, to the point of having a gallery in his name to the famous Metropolitan Museum, a few steps from home.
A spokesman for the public prosecutor has not confirmed or denied the seizure of the works, confirming only that his apartment, across from Central Park on 5th Avenue, and his office had been searched under a search warrant transmitted to the AFP.
According to these warrants, approved by a judge in new york on January 3, investigators were looking for a dozen ancient artifacts from Greece and Italy, acquired between 1996 and 2011 for amounts ranging from 25,000 to 380 000$.
This last amount would have been disbursed in 2006 for a statue of approximately 45 cm high, representing a funereal scene and dating from about 420 before Christ.
The spokeswoman has nothing mean to say about a possible indictment of billionaire and philanthropist. The search warrants evoke two-count indictment possible, “possession of criminal property stolen” in the first or second degree.
Mr. Steinhardt has declined any comment ” for the moment “, according to the New York Times who was reached by telephone.
The attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus Vance, has done in recent years to the research and restitution of works of the ancient one of its priorities.
New York, one of the world capitals of art, many wealthy collectors, galleries and auction houses.
On 15 December, three works antique had been restored in Lebanon, including a bull’s head Greek origin who had been exposed to the ” Met “, valued at 1.2 million dollars.
Mr. Vance had explained that his office had found several thousands of antiquities stolen since 2012, for a value of more than $ 150 million.