George Clooney (above right, in a scene from The Monuments Men with Matt Damon), touched a nerve when he suggested Britain ought to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. Pictures / APGeorge Clooney (above right, in a scene from The Monuments Men with Matt Damon), touched a nerve when he suggested Britain ought to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. Pictures / AP

Even by the Byzantine standards of global antiquities theft the case of Subhash Kapoor is jaw-dropping.

In January 2012 United States federal agents raided one of the Indian art dealer's storage facilities in Manhattan and seized a cache of Asian antiquities, allegedly stolen and valued at US$10 million ($12 million).

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