The lawsuit will be heard in the United States District Court of Illinois, Northern District.
This case comes on the heels of a successful effort by federal prosecutors to have the Toledo Museum return an Etruscan kalpis to Italy, smuggled out of that country after being illegally unearthed. The repatriation agreement of June 2012 was initiated by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio. The museum purchased the pot in 1982 from art dealers Gianfranco and Ursula Becchina. Convicted antiquities trafficker Giacomo Medici reportedly sold it to the Becchinas.
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