Museums Studying Dealer’s Artifacts

28 Jul 2012 12:31 PM | Anonymous

Museums Studying Dealer’s Artifacts
By ROBIN POGREBIN and KEVIN FLYNN
Federal authorities are asking American museums to scrutinize their collections for items that they have obtained from a veteran Manhattan art dealer now accused of possessing antiquities stolen from India and other countries.

The dealer, Subhash Kapoor, is under arrest in India, and the Manhattan district attorney’s office has issued a warrant for his arrest in the United States on charges of possessing stolen property. On Thursday investigators seized more than $20 million worth of Asian antiquities from storage units in Manhattan linked to Mr. Kapoor.

Several of the dozens of items seized were bronze and sandstone statues believed to have been looted from temples in India, according to investigators for the office of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/28/arts/design/us-asks-museums-to-examine-collections.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

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