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Inside Sotheby’s: Auction House Response Reveals Key Players in Fight Over Khmer Statue

Sotheby’s has responded to the U.S. government’s amended complaint in the legal battle for the Khmer warrior from Koh Ker, arguing that the US Attorney’s failure to cite a Cambodian national ownership law is a”fatal flaw” in their effort to seize the … Continue reading

The Guardian and the Goddess: Looted Statues Reveal Workings of Illicit Trade

What does a 10th century Khmer temple warrior have in common with a Greek cult goddess from the 5th Century B.C.? Quite a bit, it turns out. Both were objects of veneration whose remarkable craftsmanship represented the apex of their respective … Continue reading

A Blast from the Past: “Norton Simon Bought Smuggled Idol”

 Imagine you’re a thief about to pull a heist at the local temple. You can’t wait to get your hands on all those statues, altarpieces, gold. In the middle of the night, you sneak up to the entrance and… (in … Continue reading

Feds vs. Sotheby’s: Legal Tangle over ‘Looted’ Khmer Statue Continues

In Friday’s LA Times, Jason reports on the federal lawsuit (case #12cv2600) seeking the return of a 10th Century Khmer statue now held at Sotheby’s. Here’s a late-breaking update: Federal authorities expected to seize the statue from Sotheby’s on Thursday afternoon. … Continue reading

Feds Sue for Return of “Looted” Khmer Statue; Insider Emails Reveal Sotheby’s Was Warned Statue Was “Definitely Stolen”

On Wednesday, the U.S. government filed suit seeking to return a 10th Century stone warrior to Cambodia, where it was allegedly looted. The statue is currently at Sotheby’s in New York, which was set to auction the piece on behalf … Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Turkey Seeks The Return of 18 Objects From The Metropolitan Museum of Art

[See below for updates.] The Turkish government is seeking the return of 18 objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The requested objects include several highlights of the Met’s collection that are currently on display in the museum’s Ancient Near East Galleries. … Continue reading