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Amenhotep III gets his eye back

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

It was stolen from the temple in Luxor during a fire in 1972. The looters found the usual willing buyer: a greedy antiquities dealer willing to purchase to loot no questions asked.

The greedy antiquities dealer found the usual willing fence in Sotheby’s, where a German dealer bought it at auction.

From there, the eye traveled to a museum in Basel, Switzerland, and now that Switzerland has signed a memo of understanding with Egypt to return illegally exported antiquities, it’s finally going back home, only 35 years after it was stolen.

There are going to be lots more stories like these as Switzerland confronts its long history of warehousing looted goods.

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