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Rare Icons Stolen from Greek Monastery Repatriated from Germany

Greek authorities reclaimed earlier in the week two rare icons that were stolen from a monastery in northern Greece and illicitly exported to Germany. Greek authorities took possession of the icons, dating back to the 18th century and which depict...

Rare Medal from First Modern Olympic Games in 1896 Sold at Auction

A medal awarded during the very first modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896, was recently sold at auction for $65,625 (€55,375). The bronze medal was awarded to Georgios Tsitas, the runner up in the Greco-Roman wrestling event at...

Piraeus Bank Announces New Auction for Greek Real Estate Properties

Greek banks have intensified their efforts to sell properties owned by them through auctions after the summer lull, which was largely caused by the general elections in July. Piraeus Bank, Greece's largest lender, announced last week that it will hold...

Cyprus Seeks Answers as Ancient Vase Offered as State Gift to UK Ends Up in Auction

A very peculiar incident was recently revealed by historian Maria Paphiti, involving a precious ancient vase from Cyprus that was once offered to the UK as a state gift. It all started last May when the well-known Christie's auction house...

Germans Return Priceless Saints Relics to Cyprus, Once Looted From the Occupied North

A priceless case which includes relics of nine Orthodox Christian saints was returned to Cyprus' Orthodox Church recently, and it was exhibited before the public on Thursday. The wooden and leather case, which looks like a book, was stolen from...

Cretan Olive Oil Sells For €1,020 per Liter at Dutch Auction

A 500-ml (one-half a quart) bottle  of Cretan extra virgin olive oil was sold recently for the extraordinary sum of €510 ($580), a price equivalent to €1,020 ($1,160) per liter. The pricey product was made from the ancient olive trees of the...

Protestors Cancel Auction at Thessaloniki Courthouse, Notary Flees Angry Mob [video]

Protestors stormed into the County Court of Thessaloniki on Wednesday during the auction of a field in the region of Chortiatis. Around a hundred protestors managed to break through the police lines at the court and stormed into the...

Yerassimos Sklavos’ Sculptures to Auction at Bonhams Greek Art Sale in London

Two sculptures by Yerassimos Sklavos will be on auction at the Bonhams Greek Art sale in London on November 16. The two sculptures up for sale are Evolution (1962) and Volcano (1964-65) and are both estimated at £40,000-60,000. The late sculptor...

ND Spokesman: New TV Licenses Celebrate 'Corruption'

"The government is celebrating today the definition of corruption," said main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos commenting on the result of the TV licensing tender. New Democracy has tabled a proposal with the Greek National Council for Radio...