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Testament of Dom Eugenio is stolen in Ecuador. Photo: Disclosure.

ALERT: Testament of Dom Eugenio is stolen in Ecuador

A historical document was stolen Ecuador's Historical Archives. This is the Testament of Dr. Don Eugenio Mirror, important personality who served on the Independence process in that country, was in the 18th century.

The cultural property is described as follows by Ecuadorian authorities: "Testament of Dr. Don Eugenio Espejo, Sixth Doctor Notaria Guarderas, book corresponding to the years 1794 to 1797, folios 456-457 and jumps back to 467 ". The fiber material is cotton and paper and its dimensions are approximately 2,79 cm and 2,16 cm wide.

Secure purchase of art and antique objects

Dealers and the general public should be aware of the provenance of the pieces they intend to purchase. Without proper care inadvertently are acquired stolen parts or stolen, especially religious art. To contribute in combating this illegal market there are simple preventive actions, such as checking the origin and, in case of doubts or any suspicion, consulting the Iphan, the Brazilian Institute of Museums (IBRAM) and their databases available on their websites - the Bank Goods Wanted / BCP and the Musealized Estate Registration Missing / CBMD.

Such care can avoid the involvement of the buyer or dealer in the Brazilian Cultural Heritage fencing of stolen crime, stolen or obtained by international trafficking in works of art - conduct described in Articles 155 of the Penal Code and 180 of the Decreto-Lei Nº 2.848, from 7 th December 1940 (deals with the fencing of stolen well), and Art. 62, of lei Nº 9.605, from 12 February 1998 (is about destruction and / or deterioration of cultural goods).


All art dealers and antiques, including auctioneers, must register in National Register of Antiques Dealers and Works of Art (CNART). The Registration protects the dealer inadvertently be involved in receiving stolen crimes and stolen and money laundering by means of works of art.

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