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AC Cited in Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

October 9, 2021

“In short, it was a conspiracy of the willing.”

As news broke that art dealer Nancy Weiner plead guilty to knowingly selling looted and trafficked artifacts, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project picked up the Antiquities Coalition’s news in the world of combatting cultural racketeering. Involved with other dealers such as Douglas Latchford and Subhash Kapoor, Weiner stated that in the antiquities trade, a lack of provenance has become the norm.

The owner of a swanky Manhattan art gallery, who sold ancient artefacts to major auction houses like Christies and Sotheby’s, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to knowingly have dealt in stolen goods, the anti-antiquities trafficking NGO Antiquities Coalition announced.

Weiner had been a long-standing client of Latchford’s, the late notorious antiquities dealer who was recently implicated in the Pandora Papers. Many of the goods that have passed through the hands of the likes of these dealers still stand in world-renowned museums such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the hope for the repatriation thereof lies, unfortunately, far along on the horizon.

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