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October 31, 2005 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Not long after the Italian government accused Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True of knowingly trafficking in looted artifacts, a group of her friends and colleagues teamed up to vouch for her character. In days, more than three dozen museum directors and top curators added their names to a letter that went to Getty Trust President Barry Munitz in late June. "We want to attest," they wrote, "to the absolute integrity and judgment of our esteemed colleague Marion True."
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April 7, 2014 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum has announced that it is voluntarily returning a 12th-century Byzantine illuminated New Testament to a monastery in Greece after learning that the item had been illegally removed from the Monastery of Dionysiou more than 50 years ago. Officials at the Getty said in a release on Monday that the museum acquired the manuscript in 1983 as part of a "large, well-documented" collection.  The manuscript is currently at the Getty Center...
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December 17, 2005 | Livia Borghese and Tracy Wilkinson, Special to The Times
Italian prosecutors told a court Friday that correspondence and other documents show a close relationship between a former antiquities curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum and an Italian convicted last year of smuggling looted artifacts. The papers, prosecutors said, help prove that the former curator, Marion True, was aware of the illicit origin of objects she acquired for the Los Angeles museum. True and American art dealer Robert E. Hecht Jr.
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October 13, 2010 | Jason Felch and Livia Borghese, Los Angeles Times
The trial of former Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True ended in a bureaucratic whimper Wednesday in Rome when a three-judge panel halted the proceedings, ruling that the statute of limitations had expired on criminal charges that she had conspired to traffic in looted art. The development is an ambiguous end to a legal saga that has had a profound effect on American museums. When True was charged by an Italian prosecutor in 2005, it sent shock waves through the art world and was the first time an American museum official had been criminally charged by a foreign government.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum has announced that it is voluntarily returning a 12th-century Byzantine illuminated New Testament to a monastery in Greece after learning that the item had been illegally removed from the Monastery of Dionysiou more than 50 years ago. Officials at the Getty said in a release on Monday that the museum acquired the manuscript in 1983 as part of a "large, well-documented" collection.  The manuscript is currently at the Getty Center...
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January 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
GREECE Greek authorities ordered Marion True, former antiquities curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, to post about $19,000 bail, two sources familiar with the case confirmed. True's appearance Wednesday before a Greek magistrate and prosecutors, first reported by the New York Times, was the latest step toward a criminal trial on charges that the former curator conspired to buy an ancient golden funerary wreath that Greek authorities say was illegally excavated.
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March 30, 2006 | Livia Borghese, Special to The Times
The Italian court trying the former curator of Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum heard testimony Wednesday from a British investigative journalist whose reports over the last decade helped launch Italy's crusade to stop the rampant smuggling of its archeological treasures.
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December 6, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Italian prosecutors in the trial of a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Monday presented dozens of photographs and documents seized from art dealers that they said would prove that the curator knowingly trafficked in looted antiquities. Marion True, forced to quit the Getty in October, is being tried here on charges of criminal conspiracy to receive stolen goods and the illicit receipt of archeological objects. Her co-defendant is Robert E. Hecht Jr.
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July 19, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
In a case with broad implications for the art world, the trial of a senior curator for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles accused of illegally acquiring antiquities opened here Monday, and was almost immediately suspended to await translation of key documents into English. The prosecution of Marion True, the Getty's curator for antiquities and director of the Getty Villa, will resume Nov. 16, a three-judge panel decided.
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November 17, 2005 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
The J. Paul Getty Museum's former antiquities curator, Marion True, received a $400,000 personal loan from two wealthy art collectors just days after the museum closed a deal to acquire their collection, records and interviews show. True was a driving force behind the Getty's 1996 acquisition of Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman's 300-piece collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan artifacts, considered one of the finest private antiquities holdings in the world.
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January 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
GREECE Greek authorities ordered Marion True, former antiquities curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, to post about $19,000 bail, two sources familiar with the case confirmed. True's appearance Wednesday before a Greek magistrate and prosecutors, first reported by the New York Times, was the latest step toward a criminal trial on charges that the former curator conspired to buy an ancient golden funerary wreath that Greek authorities say was illegally excavated.
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December 29, 2006 | Jason Felch And Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
In a bitter letter to the J. Paul Getty Trust, former antiquities curator Marion True complained last week that the institution has left her to "carry the burden" for its purchase of apparently looted ancient art. True, on trial in Rome on charges of trafficking looted objects, wrote Dec. 18 that her superiors at the Getty Museum were "fully aware of the risks" of buying antiquities and had approved the acquisitions.
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April 2, 2006 | Nikolas Zirganos and Jason Felch, Special to The Times
In a surprise search Wednesday, Greek authorities seized 17 unregistered artifacts and a Byzantine icon from the vacation house of Marion True, the former J. Paul Getty Museum antiquities curator on trial in Rome on charges she trafficked in looted art. Among the objects seized, only a Hellenistic marble torso is thought to be archeologically significant.
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March 30, 2006 | Livia Borghese, Special to The Times
The Italian court trying the former curator of Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum heard testimony Wednesday from a British investigative journalist whose reports over the last decade helped launch Italy's crusade to stop the rampant smuggling of its archeological treasures.
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December 17, 2005 | Livia Borghese and Tracy Wilkinson, Special to The Times
Italian prosecutors told a court Friday that correspondence and other documents show a close relationship between a former antiquities curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum and an Italian convicted last year of smuggling looted artifacts. The papers, prosecutors said, help prove that the former curator, Marion True, was aware of the illicit origin of objects she acquired for the Los Angeles museum. True and American art dealer Robert E. Hecht Jr.
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December 6, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Italian prosecutors in the trial of a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Monday presented dozens of photographs and documents seized from art dealers that they said would prove that the curator knowingly trafficked in looted antiquities. Marion True, forced to quit the Getty in October, is being tried here on charges of criminal conspiracy to receive stolen goods and the illicit receipt of archeological objects. Her co-defendant is Robert E. Hecht Jr.
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September 2, 2005 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
The J. Paul Getty Trust, which has said it was fully cooperating with an Italian investigation into the antiquities trade, did not disclose a series of letters and photographs showing that its chief antiquities curator maintained close relationships with dealers suspected of selling looted art, according to documents and interviews.
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November 17, 2005 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
The J. Paul Getty Museum's former antiquities curator, Marion True, received a $400,000 personal loan from two wealthy art collectors just days after the museum closed a deal to acquire their collection, records and interviews show. True was a driving force behind the Getty's 1996 acquisition of Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman's 300-piece collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan artifacts, considered one of the finest private antiquities holdings in the world.
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November 17, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Looking drawn and subdued, former Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True was whisked into a courtroom here Wednesday where she faced charges of illegally trading in stolen artifacts. It was her first appearance in the much-watched trial, and came as something of a surprise, since the proceedings were largely technical and her presence was not required. Her attorneys have been encouraging her to attend as a show of respect for the Italian judiciary.
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