LEGGI
BENI IN PERICOLO
INTERVENTI E RECENSIONI
RASSEGNA STAMPA
COMUNICATI DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI
EVENTI
BIBLIOGRAFIA
STORIA e FORMAZIONE del CODICE DEI BENI CULTURALI E DEL PAESAGGIO
LINK
CHI SIAMO: REDAZIONE DI PATRIMONIOSOS
BACHECA DELLE TESI
per ricevere aggiornamenti sul sito inserisci il tuo indirizzo e-mail
patrimonio sos
in difesa dei beni culturali e ambientali

stampa Versione stampabile

New York Files Charges Against Disgraced Art Dealer Subhash Kapoor in $145 Million Smuggling Ring
Sarah Cascone
Art Net, 11/07/2019

Subhash Kapoor will be extradited to the US following the completion of his long-running trial in India.



The Manhattan District Attorneys Office has filed criminal charges against Indian art dealer Subhash Kapoor and seven coconspirators, charging them with operating a $145 million smuggling ring that dealt with thousands of looted antiquities over a period of 30 years. The arrest warrants for the eight men were filed Monday in New York City criminal court. It is the latest chapter of an ongoing international legal saga that has been getting knottier over the course of almost a decade.

Kapoors alleged wrongdoings were first made public in 2011, when he was arrested in Germany on suspicion of dealing in looted artworks after a years-long investigation codenamed Operation Hidden Idol. He is currently on trial in India, where he has been behind bars since July 2012. The new charges include 86 counts, from grand larceny to criminal possession of stolen property.

Its a fairly robust and complex complaint, Kapoors lawyer, Georges Lederman of Pearlstein McCullough & Lederman LLP, told artnet News. He notes that at least one of the charges in the complaint filed in New York duplicates a crime for which Kapoor is on trial in Indiaan issue that will have to be sorted out by a judge.

Now age 70, Kapoor was a respected member of New Yorks art community, helping museums around the world acquire important antiquities from Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Thailand, sometimes through high-profile donations. But he has also been described as one of the most prolific commodities smugglers in the world, as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent James T. Hayes told looted antiquities blog Chasing Aphrodite.

In 2012, authorities revealed that they had seized $100 million in stolen ancient art from the dealers storage facilities. More than 2,600 ancient statues, artworks, and other artifacts have been recovered to date, some as recently as 2016.

Kapoor duped many museums over the years, both by loaning them illicit artworks to make them seem more legitimate to prospective buyers, and by selling them the stolen objects. These are, in many instances, priceless works that represent the culture and history of the countries from which they were stolen, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. told the Associated Press. They are of enormous value.

The National Gallery of Australia filed a lawsuit against the disgraced dealer in 2014 over a $5.6 million Chola-era bronze, titled Shiva as Lord of the Dance, and returned the looted statue to India, one of at least two turned over by the Australian government in connection with the case. Later that year, Ohios Toledo Museum of Art followed suit, repatriating an Indian antiquity purchased from Kapoor, as did the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

According to the new criminal complaint against Kapoor, 36 looted objects worth an estimated $36 million are yet to be recovered, having been hidden by family members and trusted associates immediately following his 2011 arrest. Investigators based the charges on records seized from the Art of the Past, Kapoors former New York gallery, which included false import licenses, provenance records, and invoices.

Some of the alleged coconspirators are art restorers, believed to have cleaned the dirt off freshly unearthed antiquities to prepare them for sale, allowing Kapoor to present them as legally obtained treasures. Among them, according to the complaint, is British antiquities restorer Neil Perry Smith and Brooklyn-based restorer Richard Salmon. The authorities have asked Interpol for international arrest warrants for the suspects, who reside in India, London, and New York.

Meanwhile, US officials are requesting Kapoors extradition following the completion of his trial, presumably within a year, according to Lederman. The trial is taking a very long time, he said. We should be guided by the prospect of extradition to the United States within a year.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-york-files-charges-145-million-art-smuggling-ring-1598293


news

01-04-2020
RASSEGNA STAMPA aggiornata al giorno 1 aprile 2020

30-03-2020
Da "Finestre sull'arte" intervista a Eike Schmidt

30-03-2020
I danni del terremoto ai musei di Zagabria

29-03-2020
Le iniziative digitali dei musei, siti archeologici, biblioteche, archivi, teatri, cinema e musica.

21-03-2020
Comunicato della Consulta di Topografia Antica sulla tutela degli archeologi nei cantieri

16-03-2020
Lombardia: emergenza Covid-19. Lettera dell'API (Archeologi del Pubblico Impiego)

12-03-2020
Arte al tempo del COVID-19. Fra le varie iniziative online vi segnaliamo...

06-03-2020
Sul Giornale dell'Arte vi segnaliamo...

06-02-2020
I musei incassano, i lavoratori restano precari: la protesta dei Cobas

31-01-2020
Nona edizione di Visioni d'Arte, rassegna promossa dall'Associazione Silvia Dell'Orso

06-01-2020
Da Finestre sull'arte: Trump minaccia di colpire 52 obiettivi in Iran, tra cui siti culturali. Ma attaccare la cultura è crimine di guerra

06-01-2020
Dalla stampa estera di ieri: minacce di Trump contro siti culturali iraniani

20-12-2019
Riorganizzazione Mibact, Casini: non è ennesimo Lego, ma manutenzione amministrativa in continuità

04-12-2019
Libero riuso delle riproduzioni di beni culturali: articolo di Daniele Manacorda sul "Giornale dell'arte"

14-11-2019
Cosa succederà alla Biblioteca Guarneriana di S. Daniele del Friuli? Un appello dei cittadini al sindaco

04-10-2019
Unicredit mette all'asta da Christie's capolavori della sua collezione

14-09-2019
Da Artribune: Franceschini sospende i decreti Bonisoli

05-09-2019
Franceschini, il primo appuntamento al Museo della Liberazione di via Tasso

02-09-2019
Giuliano Volpe: Ci piacerebbe un ministro più educato

29-08-2019
Da Finestre sull'arte vi segnaliamo...

25-08-2019
Sul Financial Times si parla dei provvedimenti Bonisoli

22-08-2019
Trasferito il Soprintendente di Pisa che si era opposto alle bancarelle in piazza dei Miracoli

20-08-2019
In Finestre sull'arte: Gli accorpamenti della riforma Bonisoli affosseranno definitivamente i musei piccoli?

20-08-2019
Caos musei. Nel sito Emergenza Cultura vi segnaliamo...

16-08-2019
Da Finestre sull'arte: Musei, tutti gli accorpamenti decisi da Bonisoli

14-08-2019
Bonisoli firma decreto musei, ecco cosa prevede

01-07-2019
APPELLO - Per il parco archeologico dell'Appia Antica

30-06-2019
Documento dell'API sulla riforma del Ministero: riorganizzazioni perenni

27-06-2019
La FCdA per il Museo Etrusco di Villa Giulia e il Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica

26-06-2019
Firenze, l'annuncio di Bonisoli: "Accademia formerà polo unico con gli Uffizi"

Archivio news