January 12, 2007 |
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 |
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.
April 2, 2006 |
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.
March 30, 2006 |
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.
December 17, 2005 |
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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November 17, 2005 |
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.