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United States v. A 10th Century Cambodian Sandstone Sculpture

United States of America v. A 10th Century Cambodian Sandstone Sculpture, Currently Located at Sotheby’s in New York, New York, No. 12-cv-2600-GBD (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 28, 2013), dismissed by No. 12-cv-2600-GBD (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2013).



At issue in this federal court case was whether a Khmer stone sculpture consigned to Sotheby’s New York by a European collector had been imported into the United States in violation of customs laws and the National Stolen Property Act (“NSPA”), therefore making it subject to

forfeiture. Originally slated for auction in March of 2011, the work was pulled after the Cambodian government alleged that it had been illegally exported from Cambodia at an unspecified date. . . .


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