Philanthropist Shelby White Gives 'Hot' Art Back to Italy

The private art collection of New York philanthropist and Met trustee Shelby White is now 10 pieces fewer. Ms. White

The private art collection of New York philanthropist and Met trustee Shelby White is now 10 pieces fewer. Ms. White delivered nine antiquities of Greek and Etruscan origin to the Italian Consulate this week. Investigators had traced the works back to an Italian dealer who was convicted of illegal trafficking in 2004, and she agreed to give back a tenth piece by 2010, the New York Times reports. The news follows 18 months of negotiations that were described as “intense” and “sometimes bitter,” though the Times notes that “Ms. White has always maintained that she and her husband, Leon Levy, who died in 2003, bought their artifacts in good faith and had no knowledge that any may have been clandestinely excavated.”

Philanthropist Shelby White Gives 'Hot' Art Back to Italy