Michael and Judith Steinhardt have long been among the world's top collectors of ancient artifacts. They also have a long history of run-ins with the law, as various objects in their collection have been traced back to looting from archaeological sites.
Now the Manhattan DA's office has seized a pile of 180 artifacts from Michael Steinhardt's home and office, said to be worth $70 million. They also got him to sign an agreement promising never to acquire any ancient artifacts again. I've seen some complaining online about how Steinhardt can be involved in thefts worth millions and do no jail time when poor people can be sent up for stealing food. There is something to that, but on the other hand it is almost impossible to prove that a collector like Steinhardt knew the objects were looted, and anyway there is a medieval saying that fits the case: poor man hanged by the neck, rich man by the purse.wrote about the Steinhardts' collection of Neolithic stone masks back in 2014, noting that they were probably looted; they are among the objects seized by the Manhattan DA.