The Beierwaltes are seeking $24 million in damages for the seizure of the 18 objects valued at $8 million.
It appears that the Beierwaltes were purchasing objects from Robin Symes. Do any of the 18 objects consigned to Geneva appear in the Schinousa archive? Will the Beierwaltes release the full histories of the objects?
The story mentions that the Beierwaltes
assert they vetted all of their items and “purchased each object in reliance on express or implied representations from reputable dealers and auction houses in the absence of any thefts reported to publicly available databases of stolen art, such as the Art Loss Register.”This statement fails to note that objects removed from archaeological contexts would not necessarily be reported to the ALR or other similar registers.
See also the material from Eshmun.