CASTELVETRANO, ITALY - 29 MAY 2015: Antiquities dealer and olive oil producer Gianfranco Becchina (76) leafs through the pages of an antique book at Palazzo Aragona Pignatelli, a XIII century palace he bought in Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy, on May 29th 2015.
Gianfranco Becchina is an Italian antiquities dealer who was taken to trial in Italy of illegally dealing in antiquities. Gianfranco Becchina dealing antiquities in Basel, Switzerland, in the 1970s, and has sold material to major museums including the Louvre, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum, the Princeton University Art Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Mr Becchina claims to have stopped dealing ancient art in 1994. Since 1989 he produces the olive oil "Olio Verde" in Tenuta Pignatelli, his estate in the heart of the Valle del Belice, Sicily, where the Nocellara del Belice olive is grown.
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