It seems that grave robbers are not restricted to graves: thieves damaged a Greek urn earlier this month in an apparent attempt to steal the enclosed ashes.
Sigmund Freud had an impressive collection of antiquities, including the urn dating from around 400BC and given to him by a fellow phsychoanalyst, Princess Marie Bonaparte, who helped Freud and his family flee Vienna when Adolf Hitler annexed Austria in 1937.
The urn bears images of the Greek god Dionysus and was selected from Freud’s collection by his family after his death. His remains were sealed in the urn following his cremation, and later joined by those of his wife Martha.
The urn had been on public display on a plinth since Freud’s cremation in 1939 at the Golders Green Crematorium, but has been removed since the break-in on New Year’s Eve. Police investigations are continuing.