Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Manhattan prosecutors say NY art dealer played role in sale of stolen artifacts

By Graham Bowley
One of three sculptures that prosecutors said were stolen from temples in India and Nepal. Credit The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
NEW YORK---Prosecutors, in court papers, have accused a New York art dealer of selling three ancient sculptures that were stolen from temples in India and Nepal. The dealer, Nayef Homsi, who runs a gallery at East 75th Street in New York, is expected to be arrested in coming days, officials with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in the court papers, according to the website DNAinfo. The most expensive of the artifacts is a 13th-century gilt bronze statue of a Buddhist deity that the court papers say was stolen in 1983 from a temple in Katmandu, in Nepal, and sold for $370,000. No one responded to a request for comment left with Mr. Homsi’s gallery. [link]