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A close-up look at Asian Civilisations Museum artefacts from disgraced New York gallery

Published on Jun 3, 2014 6:31 PM

Museums worldwide have been rocked by the ongoing scandal of a disgraced New York gallery, accused of trafficking in millions of dollars' worth of stolen artefacts.

Until recently, Art of the Past and its owner, Subhash Kapoor, were well-regarded dealers of antiquities who sold works of art to collectors and art institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia and Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum.

Two of the 30 artefacts it sold to the Singapore museum have been named in ongoing court cases in the United States as antiquities that may have been sold illicitly. The rest of the 28 artefacts in the museum's collection, however, have not been cited in any court cases. Neither have the American or Indian authorities approached the museum with any request for information or assistance in their investigations.

The museum says it will take all necessary steps, in accordance with international laws and practice, to return any objects that are proven to be stolen or looted.

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