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Antiquities Coalition Updates Interactive Timeline on New York Antiquities Seizures to Reflect Recent Repatriations

April 20, 2021

Disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor currently sits in prison in India, awaiting the outcome of his trial there, while fighting extradition to the United States—but at the height of his criminal career, he led a smuggling ring that trafficked thousands of art pieces and antiquities from all over the globe. Thus far, more than 2,500 of these items have been recovered, with a total value currently exceeding $143 million.

Kapoor’s racket is not alone, either. At this very moment, an untold number of criminal art enterprises are looting and smuggling countless artifacts from around the world. The Antiquities Trafficking Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been working alongside law enforcement partners with ICE Homeland Security Investigations to ensure that these priceless relics are found and returned to their rightful homes. 

Most recently, on Monday, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced the return of 33 antiquities, valued at approximately $1.8 million, to the people of Afghanistan.

The April 19 repatriation ceremony closely follows the April 1 repatriation of three antiquities, valued at approximately $125,000, to the people of Nepal, as well as the March 25 repatriation of a pair of Buddha statues, valued at approximately $66,000, to the people of Sri Lanka. 

These repatriations are now reflected in the Antiquities Coalition’s newly-updated interactive timeline, “New York’s 1%: Are They Supporting Crime and Terrorism?”

This Tiki-Toki tool sheds light on the ongoing operations of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the success they have had in ending demand for illicit antiquities since 2012. Additional updates will be made periodically.

To explore more of the Antiquities Coalition’s interactive timelines, click here.