US seizes 2,200 pieces of artwork in US
NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) - A federal prosecutor in New Jersey says the government has seized a massive trove of works of art that were used to launder money raised through fraud. They were appraised at nearly US$16 million (S$19.85 million).
The main part of the shipment arrived in New Jersey last year from Texas on an 18-wheel truck - its contents a mystery.
After five days of inventory, the haul proved to be significant: more than 1,100 pieces of art, mostly works by some of America's most influential photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston.
The valuable shipment was moved again to New York, but instead of being carefully exhibited in a home in Spain as planned, it ended up in the hands of federal authorities. By the end of an investigation, authorities had seized more than 2,200 works of art.