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The Turkish museum director who played inside man in the theft of two items from a famous looted treasure has been sentenced to thirteen years in prison. The Lydian Hoard was discovered in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in the early 1970s after it was looted from a tomb dating to the era of King Croesus. It was finally returned by the Metropolitan after a long legal battle and then the two pieces, a coin and a brooch, disappeared. They have still not been recovered. Somehow, the Metropolitan curators who originally bought the entire looted treasure managed to stay out of jail. But who said life is fair? The full tale of the Lydian Hoard (disingenuously known as the East Greek Treasure at the Met), will be told in my new book Rogues’ Gallery, out in May.