Amid a spate of high-profile repatriations of looted cultural objects, we took a closer look at some of the most infamous players in the illicit market.
The sculptures were all at one point sold by the disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor.
A report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed hundreds of works once owned by people accused of or convicted of antiquities crimes.
Kapoor led a smuggling ring charged with trafficking over 2,600 individual objects worth over $143 million.
Nine of the items were linked to disgraced New York antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor.
Last month, Subhash Kapoor was charged with 86 felony counts for allegedly looting $145 million in antiquities over the last 50 years. This month, his former clients continue to reel from the revelations as more stolen artifacts are returned.
On this week’s art crime blotter: a trove of taxidermy animals went missing, five Francis Bacons were stolen, and a gang of crooked auction house porters went on trial.
On this week’s art crime blotter: banana sculpture slips away, graffiti artist sues designer over Katy Perry’s dress, and art signs disappear from New York City streets.