General Louis Palma di Cesnola

Tomb raider’s treasure stays missing, but fortunes are being made

By Alexi Mostrous - The Times

When General Louis Palma di Cesnola, the 19th century tomb raider, loaded his favourite vessel with 62 boxes of treasure, he could hardly imagine its contents would become the focus of a modern-day tax dispute.

On June 20, 1872, the 130ft Enigma caught fire, sinking with di Cesnola’s entire cargo of 4,000 stolen Phoenician relics.

The general suspected foul-play but could do nothing.

The ship is still on the seabed, somewhere off the coast of Cyprus.

Since 2010, Robert Fraser Marine, a branch of a private London bank, once, part owned by Robert Maxwell has spent millions of pounds searching for sunken treasures...

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