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Greece blocks sale of disputed icons in Britain, Netherlands < Dutch news | Expatica The Netherlands

Greek officials have blocked the sale of a dozen religious icons by two art galleries in Britain and the Netherlands after finding the items had been stolen years ago, a police source said on Wednesday.

The icons that date from before the 18th century and could each fetch from 5,000 to 15,000 euros ($7,000-21,000) had been pilfered from unguarded monasteries and churches in the sparsely-populated region of Epirus in northwestern Greece.

Greece’s antiquities theft squad tracked six of them to each of the galleries, the police source told AFP without giving further details.

Kathimerini daily, which broke the story on Wednesday, was told by Epirus governor Alexandros Kachrimanis that the icons were identifed thanks to an electronic database of treasures stolen from the area compiled in 2009.

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