Stolen Indian Statue Sold in New York, Despite being on Interpol Stolen Art Database

26 Apr 2010 8:20 AM | Anonymous

Interpol news 22 April 2010,

The Accra mail 

The statue of two Asian deities was stolen in September 2009 from the ruins of a temple in Atru in the Province of Rajasthan in Western India.

At the request of the National Central Bureau (NCB) in New Delhi, the stone sculpture was added to INTERPOL's Stolen Works of Art database. Despite that, it was sold by an " international auction house having bases in New York and London". It was only located in New York after it was spotted by somebody in New Delhi featured in a magazine advertising its sale. By this time the object was already in the port of New York while being prepared for shipment to England. In the nick of time, the sculpture was seized by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (on Friday 16 April), and Indian and US authorities are now liaising over the return of the statue.
 
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