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04/24/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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More than six decades after being removed during the Korean War, nine royal seals of the Korean Empire and Joseon Dynasty were repatriated Friday to Seoul, South Korea, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), coinciding with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to that nation.
04/15/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The 9-by-12 inch oil depicting Jesus ascending into heaven with the apostles kneeling below is painted on a wooden oval board and held in a silver and gold-plated frame.
02/27/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Friday seized an ancient Roman marble sarcophagus lid featuring a high-relief sculpture of a sleeping woman from convicted antiquities dealer Gianfranco Becchina.
02/05/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Shortly before his death in 1768, Seekatz created the painting. In December 1879, the National Museum in Warsaw received the painting from the Warsaw School of Fine Arts. In 1909, the Warsaw museum had the painting erroneously identified and listed as "St. Phillip Baptizes the Ethiopian Eunuch" by Dutch painter J.C. Saft.
01/26/2014
Tampa, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa, A. Lee Bentley III, acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, and Adolfo Barattolo, the consul general for the Italian Consulate in Miami, participated in the repatriation ceremony.
01/20/2014
Boston, MA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI Boston Special Agent in Charge Bruce Foucart and Thomas W. Lentz, director of Harvard Art Museums, concluded a ceremony Tuesday at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., to mark the return of a $1.5 million jade censer stolen from the university more than 35 years ago.
01/13/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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ICE HSI returned three recovered sculptures, valued at more than $1.5 million, to the government of India Tuesday during a repatriation ceremony at the consulate in New York City. One of the objects -- a 350-pound sandstone sculpture stolen from an Indian temple in 2009 - was listed as one of INTERPOL's top 10 most wanted stolen works of art.

01/01/2014
Cheyenne, WY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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John Richard Rolater, 69, pleaded guilty to the charge and also agreed to surrender any and all contraband vertebrate fossils he has, which include the following fossils from China: a saber-toothed cat skull, a Feilongus fossil, an Anchiornis Huxleyi fossil and a Darwinopterus fossil.
12/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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This historical document was seized by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents in Wilmington, Del., following an extensive investigation.
12/05/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI New York will coordinate the return of this stolen 2nd century B.C. Bharhut Stupa Yaksi pillar sculpture, valued at approximately $15 million, to India.
11/19/2013
Seoul, South Korea
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The cultural artifacts were turned over to HSI special agents by the family of a deceased Marine lieutenant, who had served in the Korean War. The lieutenant had found the seals in 1950 in a ditch near the Deoksugung Palace, which had just been ransacked by Chinese and North Korean soldiers.
11/04/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Returning a nation's looted cultural heritage or stolen artwork protects the world's cultural heritage and knowledge of past civilizations. The Smithsonian Institution's Museum Conservation Institute provides HSI special agents with on-site training on how to handle, store, photograph and authenticate cultural property and works of art.
11/04/2013
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A Winter Park art gallery and owner were charged federally with obstruction of justice in connection with the importation of ancient Chinese artifacts that were interdicted at the Port of Miami.
09/08/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The vase is a 12.75-inch Roman oinochoe, or wine pitcher, from the 5th to 8th century A.D. Also returned were three 4-by-3.25-inch 5th century B.C. gold foil appliques depicting antelopes and two antique coiled gold ornaments from approximately the 17th century, weighing approximately one pound.
09/02/2013
Seoul, South Korea
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned a Hojo currency plate, looted from the Deoksu Palace in Seoul during the Korean War, to the government of South Korea during a repatriation ceremony.
07/28/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A ceremonial sword, looted in 2003 from Saddam Hussein's personal office in Baghdad, was returned to the Republic of Iraq Monday by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/27/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Kabul assisted in the return of a late 19th century historic ""jezail"" rifle ammunition speed loader to the people of Afghanistan during a ceremony held June 2, at the Ministry of Information and Culture Rose Garden. "
06/23/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The Department of Justice today restrained the 1909 Pablo Picasso painting ""Compotier et tasse"" in response to an official request by the government of Italy for assistance in connection with its ongoing criminal investigation and prosecution of Gabriella Amati.
06/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A letter written by famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was one of eight documents returned to the Russian Federation during a repatriation ceremony Thursday by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at the Spaso House, a neoclassical style mansion and residence of every U.S. ambassador to Russia since 1933, in Moscow, June 13.
06/12/2013
Wilmington, DE
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Federal officials and representatives from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington announced the seizure of a long-lost diary kept by a close confidant of Adolph Hitler.
05/20/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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At a ceremony today at the Bulgarian Consulate in New York, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned 546 ancient coins to Bulgarian Ambassador Elena Poptodorova.
05/09/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
In addition to a Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton previously forfeited to the United States and successfully repatriated by ICE to the Mongolian government May 6 by ICE Director John Morton, ICE has recovered additional dinosaur fossils the agency plans to return to the Government of Mongolia.
05/05/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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ICE returned a Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton, looted from the Gobi Desert and illegally smuggled into the United States, to the government of Mongolia Monday during a repatriation ceremony at a Manhattan hotel. The Bataar was seized in New York by ICE's HSI special agents after it sold at a Manhattan auction for $1.05 million.
04/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned a 16th century tapestry, stolen in 1979 from a church, to the government of Spain Wednesday at a repatriation ceremony at the Spanish ambassador's residence in Washington.
04/04/2013
Houston, TX
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The ivory statues are now in the care and custody of the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

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