Looted Cambodian Artifacts Highly Desirable in US Art Market

22 Oct 2013 1:05 PM | Anonymous

Looted Cambodian Artifacts Highly Desirable in US Art Market

Looted artifacts of Khmer cultural her­itage from Cambodia are extremely desirable in the art market and fuel a global multibillion-dollar illicit industry of antiquities, participants of a workshop on preventing cultural property crimes said Monday.

Speaking on the first day of a three-day workshop organized by the U.S. Embassy and the Royal Acad­emy of Judicial Professions, Bonnie Mag­ness-Gardiner, the manager of the FBI’s Art Theft Program —which oversees the U.S.’ efforts to combat stolen art and cultural property—said the FBI is unable to estimate the exact value of stolen artifacts coming out of Cambodia.


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