The return of antiquities from the collection of Michael Steinhardt that have been valued at $70 million raised questions about other objects.
What about the two pieces in the J. Paul Getty Museum? How secure are their histories? Are they documented prior to 1970?
Inv. 92.AB.11. Roman Statuette of a Snake-legged Giant. It surfaced in the Hunt collection (no. 37), and was purchased by Steinhardt in 1990; then sold to Robin Symes, also in 1990; and then sold to the Fleischman collection, also in 1990.
Inv. 96.AB.177. Roman Statuette of a Comic Male Figure. It surfaced in the hands of Nicolas Koutoulakis, then to Edward Merrin, to Steinhardt, then to the Merrin Gallery in New York (1989–92) and thence to the Fleischman collection (no. 134).