Hitler portrait in antiques thefty

A portrait of Adolf Hitler and knives and daggers used by his German Army were part of a £25,000 haul of military memorabilia stolen in East Sussex.

The items were taken in what was called a "large break-in" at a storage building belonging to the Military Antiques dealership.

The burglary took place in Dallington, near Heathfield, on 29 or 30 May 2006. The stolen goods were described by Sussex Police as "very distinctive and highly collectable".

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Tribal art treasures in the heart of the city

This is a very expensive business because buyers know what they are spending their money on

Every community in Africa has art that reflects its traditional customs and beliefs. It is art that speaks to how a particular ethnic community, lived before encountering western culture. In Africa, western scholars call this tribal art or African ethnic art. It’s rich in metaphor and symbolism and often reflects the deep cultural diversity of each ethnic group

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Looted in Syria and sold in London: the British antiques shops dealing in artefacts smuggled by ISIS

When Mark Altaweel agreed to hunt for ‘blood antiquities’ in London dealerships, he was expecting more of a challenge. But as the archaeologist discovered, relics from the ruins of Palmyra and Nimrud are now on display in British shops – and so far no-one has worked out how to stop it

"Isis attacks on ancient sites erasing history of humanity" - says Iraq

This week, Unesco has added its voice to a chorus of concern, warning that looting in Iraq and Syria is taking place on an “industrial” scale – one more sorry aspect to the devastating conflicts in the region. This Mesopotamian area, the cradle of civilisation, is a giant archaeological site – it’s where the first cities were built, and contains treasures from the Roman, Greek, Byzantine and Islamic periods. Today, the pillaging of cultural heritage sites shows up on satellite maps that are pock-marked with hundreds of recent, illegal excavations. Some media reports suggest this income stream is the “second-largest source of revenue” for the group (after oil sales), but in reality it’s impossible to tell. What’s certain is that, while Isis grimly documents its destruction of Unesco sites such as Nimrud, profiteering from plundered antiquities has helped make it the most cash-rich terror group in the world.

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