Museum Sues Subject of Theft Trial in IndiaMarch 19, 2015 – In The News
Daniel Schnapp was featured in the Courthouse News Service “Museum Sues Subject of Theft Trial in India.” Full text can be found in the March 19, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.
A Singapore museum that paid a Madison Avenue art dealer $1.4 million for antiquities of apparently questionable provenance is suing for reimbursement.
Asian Civilisations Museum, based in Singapore, and the National Heritage Board of Singapore made the allegations in a March 17 summons with notice in Manhattan Supreme Court against Art of the Past Inc.; Subhash Kapoor and Aaron Freedman.
The three-page summons with notice that the Singapore museum and board filed Tuesday states that the defendants fraudulently induced them between 1997 and 2010 "to acquire several antiquities by making misrepresentations and false assurances concerning the history, title, and provenance of the antiquities."
"Defendants knowingly and intentionally made false and fraudulent representations that Art of the Past Inc., had full legal and equitable title of the antiquities, and that defendants could convey the antiquities to the National Heritage Board," the complaint states.