London art expert accused of thefts from auction houses

Table. Louis 15th. Wood, bronze

The jury trial as to 52-year-old art expert Shahra Marsh is taking place in London. She is accused of theft of works of art for the sum of over £400 000.

On a version of the investigation the accused co-operated with some Parisian auction houses which used her help as independent art expert willingly. Marsh is suspected in taking of different items from auctions staff promising to find buyers. Then she gave false checks to the company and kept the goods.

Today Shahra Marsh is accused on 23 episodes connected with misappropriation of painting, sculptures, antique furniture and jewelry. Many of these objects were found out in her house during the search including the Louis XV’s chest of drawers and Napoleon III’s table.

The investigation assumes that Marsh has been swindling since May, 2005. She managed to deceive employees of nine auctions and jeweler salons. The defendant denies all the accusations brought against her.

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