National Gallery suing over stolen artworks

14 Feb 2014 7:32 AM | Anonymous

National Gallery suing over stolen artworks


Art galleries around the world will be watching with interest, after the news that the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra has taken a New York art dealer to court over a work it purchased for several million dollars six years ago.

In a move that is rare in the art world, the gallery has filed documents in a US court claiming an 11th-century Indian statue it bought for $5 million in 2008 was stolen.

The gallery bought the bronze statue, Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja), from New York-based art dealer Subhash Kapoor.

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