Written by Riah PryorThis article was originally published by The Art Newspaper, an editor...

Secrets and lies: The role of restorers in art crime – CNN

Written by Riah PryorThis article was originally published by The Art Newspaper, an editorial partner of CNN Style.The arrest of the British antiques restorer Neil Perry Smith in July is not the first instance of a restorer becoming embroiled in crime.Smith was extradited to the US and charged on 29 counts for his alleged cleaning and repairing of 22 stolen antiquities for Subhash Kapoor, the dealer accused of leading a conspiracy to loot and offload an estimated $143 million worth of antiquities from Asia onto the New York art market. Another British restorer, Richard Salmon, was similarly accused of helping to cover the artifacts' true origins. Neither Salmon nor …

 

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