The United States will return to Lebanon the stolen sculptures worth more than $5 million

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in fotobounce of Beirut. archival photoThe United States will return to Lebanon the stolen sculptures worth more than $5 million© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

Of the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance promised to return to Lebanon sculptures worth more than 5 million dollars stolen from the country during the civil war, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

«A new division of my office to combat trafficking in antiquities undertakes to stop the trade in stolen relics of the historical places around the world. I thank our partners in government and law enforcement agencies of other countries, as well as Bureau of investigation national security Agency for their support,» said Vance.

Found the sculptures were stolen during the civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990 years) and sold to private collectors. Among them a marble torso of the IV century BC marble head of a bull 360 BC, which is estimated at $ 1.2 million and a marble torso of the VI century BC, worth about $ 4.5 million.

According to a press release, two marble torso were from private owners, and the bull’s head was exhibited in art the Metropolitan Museum of art in new York, where she was also leased to a private collector.

Of the Manhattan district attorney announced the creation of a new unit for the suppression of trade in objects of antiquities. According to Vance, since 2012, his office has returned several thousand of the stolen relics, the total value of which was estimated at more than $ 150 million.

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