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07/06/2011
Louisville, KY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
In a ceremony on Tuesday, the local Speed Art Museum transferred a three-panel wooden triptych to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), following last month's settlement agreement.
06/02/2010
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Agents initiated an investigation after the pre-Columbian artifacts were seen on eBay.
12/11/2009
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
8 Peruvian cultural religious artifacts seized in ICE investigation.
07/07/2008
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

The pre-Columbian era refers to a period preceding the exploration of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. The artifacts date as far back as 500 B.C. ICE agents and BSO officers discovered the artifacts during the execution of three federal search warrants at various South Florida locations. The artifacts, which include ancient pottery, gold pieces and emeralds, were stolen from Colombia and illegally smuggled into the United States.

11/04/2013
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A Winter Park art gallery and owner were charged federally with obstruction of justice in connection with the importation of ancient Chinese artifacts that were interdicted at the Port of Miami.
03/03/2016
Moscow, Russia
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The repatriated documents include: a signed order from Josef Stalin issued on March 14, 1944; a decree signed by Peter the Great; numerous decrees signed by empresses and emperors dating from 1736-1893; and 17 drawings by Russian architect Yakov Chernikov.
03/04/2010
Moscow, Russia
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A silver pendant with the image of Peter the Great was among 200 items stolen from Russia's State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2006. ICE recovered the pendant in Seattle and returned it to Russia.
11/17/2015
Muncie, IN
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Representatives from the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University transferred Monday a religious relic known as a Festival Bronze of Shiva and Parvati to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/21/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur was forfeited today to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). This action stems from an investigation by HSI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. The skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Bataar dinosaur was looted from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
07/01/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI special agents have tracked multiple false provenances provided by Subhash Kapoor, the owner of Art of the Past Gallery, who has been implicated in the HSI probe dubbed Operation Hidden Idol.
01/14/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the painting Leda ed il Cigno, by Italian Renaissance painter Lelio Orsi, was ordered forfeited to the government as property brought into the United States in violation of customs laws.
01/11/2010
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
ICE announced the forfeiture of Le Marche following a Manhattan federal court trial that found the work was stolen from a French museum in 1981.
12/05/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI New York will coordinate the return of this stolen 2nd century B.C. Bharhut Stupa Yaksi pillar sculpture, valued at approximately $15 million, to India.
05/09/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
In addition to a Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton previously forfeited to the United States and successfully repatriated by ICE to the Mongolian government May 6 by ICE Director John Morton, ICE has recovered additional dinosaur fossils the agency plans to return to the Government of Mongolia.
04/13/2016
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
This seizure follows a joint international investigation led by HSI New York, and the Italian Cabanieri. The Italians traced the Nolan Amphora to a gallery in New York City. It is believed that the Nolan Amphora might have been in the United States illegally since as early as 1997.
06/18/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, called “Hannibal, or “The Basquiat” as well as a Roman Togatus statue, were returned to Brazil at a repatriation ceremony at the United States Attorney’s Office in New York City.
07/14/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Three individuals are in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for their involvement in an international smuggling ring that imported cultural artifacts into the United States.
01/13/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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ICE HSI returned three recovered sculptures, valued at more than $1.5 million, to the government of India Tuesday during a repatriation ceremony at the consulate in New York City. One of the objects -- a 350-pound sandstone sculpture stolen from an Indian temple in 2009 - was listed as one of INTERPOL's top 10 most wanted stolen works of art.

02/05/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Shortly before his death in 1768, Seekatz created the painting. In December 1879, the National Museum in Warsaw received the painting from the Warsaw School of Fine Arts. In 1909, the Warsaw museum had the painting erroneously identified and listed as "St. Phillip Baptizes the Ethiopian Eunuch" by Dutch painter J.C. Saft.
07/26/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI special agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport first learned of the stolen Nok statues in April 2010 after receiving information from French customs officials.
10/20/2017
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the return of a collection of the artifact to the Italian Republic during a repatriation ceremony attended by the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Activities, & Tourism Dario Franceschini, the Ambassador of Italy to the U.S. Armando Varricchio, the Consul General of Italy in New York, Francesco Genuardi, and HSI Acting Deputy Assistant Director Anthony Scandiffio.

04/07/2009
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A rare chrome rifle with pearl handle grip and a small photograph of Saddam Hussein near the front sight was owned by the late dictator.
12/16/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The bataar skull, a fossil from the Cretaceous period, which ended approximately 65 million years ago, had been auctioned in Manhattan in 2007 after being unlawfully brought into the United States. The current owner of the bataar skull, having been informed of its origins and the circumstances of its importation into the United States, has consented to its forfeiture.
10/24/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized two antique statues Oct. 23 from a Manhattan hotel. These statues were seized as part of an ongoing HSI Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Program investigation into Subhash Kapoor, an alleged dealer of stolen antiquities.
03/24/2010
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Bildnis in der Laube (Portrait in the Garden), a 1930 painting by Swiss artist Paul Klee, was reported stolen to the Art Loss Registry in 1989 and reported by an art gallery in Canada.

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