Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Charges against New York art dealer Nancy Wiener

ARCA has provided a text-base version of the charges against New York dealer Nancy Wiener [see here].
There are some points to note:
  • apparent falsification of the collecting history ("provenance") of an object
  • apparent consigning genuine objects with other works to provide cover when passing through customs
  • weakness in the policy for accepting lots by a major New York auction house
  • the apparent changing of a stated collecting history by the same major New York auction house
We are particularly interested in co-conspirator #6:
Co-Conspirator #6 and his father are suppliers of illicit cultural property from primarily Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to several recorded conversations, Co-Conspirator #6 has been shipping large quantities of newly dug-up, stolen antiquities from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Thailand, often via Hong Kong, and then to dealers from around the world for more than a decade.
We note:
Co-Conspirator #6, who in the mid-1980s was a child living in Pakistan and England


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1 comment:

lalbertson said...

Research has shown there are networks in the tribal regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where a lot of the Gandhar kingdom material comes from...what is present day Kandahar. It is reasonable leap to consider that Co-conspirator 6 may have ties to this network in the supply chain.

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