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United States v. An Antique Platter of Gold

United States v. An Antique Platter of Gold, 991 F. Supp. 222 (S.D.N.Y. 1997), aff’d, 184 F.3d 131 (2d Cir. 1999), cert. denied, 528 U.S. 1136 (2000).

See also: United States v. Steinhardt, 195 Mag. 2167 (NRB), 995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19080 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 21, 1995).

In this highly-publicized case, an antique platter of Sicilian origin was sold to Michael Steinhardt, a New York collector, via a Swiss art dealer who acquired the work in 1991 from a Sicilian coin dealer. The New York dealer Robert Haber acted as Steinhardt’s intermediary in the purchase. In 1995, the Italian government declared the work stolen property under its patrimony laws and sought its return. The U.S. government seized the work from Steinhardt and successfully brought an action for . . . .

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