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We’ve been following the story of the Koh Ker warrior auction here, this is just a summary story by AFP on the current controversy.

Cambodian statue sparks legal battle in US
AFP, via AsiaOne, 15 April 2012

For a year, an ancient Cambodian statue of a warrior has been at the centre of a legal battle in New York in which US authorities back Cambodia’s claim that the artwork was looted.

The standoff between Sotheby’s auctioneers, who intended to sell the thousand-year-old statue, and the US government hardened on April 4 when a federal prosecutor in New York demanded its surrender.

Sotheby’s currently holds onto the work, but its future is unclear.

Full story here.

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