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Billionaire Netscape founder James Clark has surrendered more than two dozen Southeast Asian antiquities that were said to be worth more than the $35 million paid for them, after federal investigators found that were smuggled in. had gone, he said new York Times,

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According to the Justice Department on Wednesday, Clark surrendered 35 antiquities from Southeast Asia – mainly Cambodia, but also India, Myanmar and Thailand – to return them to their countries of origin. Statement Joe didn’t refer to Clark by name.

In Times Interviewed, Clark confirmed he was the private collector referred by the DOJ and said that federal investigators left the pieces after showing him evidence of theft from their years-long investigation. Douglas AJ Latchford, a British art dealer who died in 2020 while awaiting art smuggling charges.

According to the DOJ, Latchford convinced Clark to purchase the artifacts between 2003 and 2008 using “false statements and forged proven documents.” Statement,

Clarke said he paid about $35 million for the collection that once furnished his $21.5 million Miami Beach penthouse, but pointed out that Times After selling the property in 2011, most of the pieces ended up in storage in South Florida and were confiscated by investigators probing Latchford.

Clark told the newspaper that he stopped working with Latchford in 2008 after the dealer failed to provide certification From the Cambodian government at Clark’s request.

Officials said Cambodia will take possession of 28 items in the collection, while the rest are from India, Myanmar and Thailand. new York Times,

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