Finally, some good karma.
Dozens of historic Cambodian sculptures value greater than $35 million are going house, years after they have been stolen, dropped at the US and offered off in a long-running fraud by disgraced artwork vendor Douglas Latchford.
The 34 sculptures are bronze, gold or sandstone, span the eighth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth centuries and embrace depictions of Buddha, and Hindu deities resembling Vishnu, Shiva and Garuda, in accordance with courtroom papers filed this week by the US Attorney’s workplace in Manhattan.
Latchford, who lived in Thailand the place he died in August 2020 at age 89, was indicted in 2019 on wire fraud and different prices for arranging to promote the stolen antiquities in New York and London, however the case was dismissed after his dying.
The sculptures have been turned over to the US authorities by the collector who bought them from Latchford, identified in reports as Netscape founder James H. Clark.
Three of the 34 stolen works are seen right here, which date from the eighth by twelfth centuries.
Clark and different collectors who purchased from Latchford have been duped by the falsified and faked paperwork he offered, in accordance with Ricky J. Patel, the New York Acting Special Agent in Charge for the US Department of Homeland Security.
“HSI New York will not rest in its efforts to locate all the antiquities related to Latchford’s fraud and see that each piece of history is not just found, but sent home,” Patel stated.