May 19, 2022

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The court asks for it to be returned

Judges have demanded that the statue, which was stolen through illegal excavations in Stabia in the 1970s by famed antiques dealer Eli Borowski and now kept in a museum in Minneapolis, be returned to Italy.

The Office of the Prosecutor, Torre Annunziata Demanding the United States return an illegally stolen 1970s statue to Italy Stabia fossils, an ancient Roman colony buried with Herculaneum and Pompeii by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. It’s an important statue, and Doryphoros from Stabiaewhich was stolen by a well-known international art dealer in the 1970s from illegal excavations Eli Borovsky It was purchased in 1984 by Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA)a museum in Minnesota, United States, where it is still on display, which he claims to have paid for Two and a half million dollars.

The Doryphoros of Stabiae is very precious

This morning, the Attorney General of Torre Annunziata asked the competent judicial authority of the United States to help implement the decree of confiscation of the Doryphoros of Stabiae, issued on January 19: as already confirmed, the statue was illegally stolen from the area in the municipality of Castellammare di Stabia, In the province of Naples, it was displayed illegally abroad. The Doryphoros of Stabiae is the most famous and successful Roman-produced version of the original statue, in bronze, which dates back to the Greek era and is of inestimable value.

Already in 2020, Mayor of Castellammare di Stabia, Gaetano CiminoHe wrote a letter to the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini To demand the return of the Doryphoros and today commends the work of the oplontine judiciary. “Thanks to the exceptional work of the Office of the Prosecutor of Torre Annunziata, the Doryphoros of Stabiae, now on display in the Minneapolis Museum, can soon return to Italy. It was in these hours that I learned that the request for international legal assistance submitted by the Prosecutor of the Mayor of Castellammare today that the US authorities To implement the decree of confiscation of Dorforos, issued on February 18 by the Preliminary Investigating Judge of the Torre Annunziata Court at the request of the Prosecutor himself.

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