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Cambodian looting case turns spotlight on collector

For those following the story about the Koh Ker Statues, the New York Times has a feature on the art collector who was identified in the court documents as the person who facilitated the sale of the statues.

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Claims of Looting Shadow Expert in Khmer Art
New York Times, 12 December 2012

For decades Douglas A. J. Latchford, an 81-year-old British art collector, has built a reputation as one of the world’s great experts in Khmer antiquities, one whose generous return of treasures to Cambodia garnered him knighthood there in 2008.

But last month Mr. Latchford, who lives here in an apartment brimming with Asian artifacts, was depicted less chivalrously in a civil complaint filed by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan.

The federal lawyers said Mr. Latchford, identified in court papers only as “the Collector,” bought a 10th-century Khmer warrior statue in the early 1970s knowing that it had been looted from a jungle temple during the Cambodian civil war.

Full story here.

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