Its current owner will voluntarily deliver the pieces to the Spanish ambassador to Unesco in Paris
Spain will recover on Wednesday seven of the 18 helmets of Celtiberian warriors that were pillaged from the Aranda de Moncayo (Zaragoza) site and auctioned in several European cities years ago. The current owner of seven of these pieces dated between the 5th and 2nd centuries BC, the British Christian Levvet, founder of the Museum of Classical Art of Mougins, near Cannes, will sign in Paris the act of voluntary delivery of this heritage to the ambassador from Spain to Unesco, Andrés Perelló.
Levvet is the rightful owner of these helmets, as recognized by a judgment of a German court, but he has agreed to return the helmets by knowing that they are part of the pillage to the archaeological site. In addition, he has pledged to make an economic donation to the Aragonese municipality.
Sources from the Spanish Embassy in Unesco point out to Europa Press that this act will mean the greatest return of stolen assets since the recovery in 2012 of the treasure of the frigate ‘Our Lady of the Mercedes’ after a long judicial litigation against the company treasure hunters Odyssey .
In the act that will take place in Paris, Ambassador Perelló plans to highlight the voluntary restitution of Celtiberian helmets as an example of good practices in compliance with the Convention on the measures to be taken to prohibit and prevent import, export and transfer of illegal property of cultural property.