Kim K: Antiquities thief? Plunderer of classical art? POSSIBLY!
The US government is asking Kim Kardashian to forfeit an ancient Roman sculpture – known as “Fragment of Myron’s Samian Athen” – that was apparently illegally smuggled out of Italy.
Kardashian, 40, bought the limestone statue in 2016 from Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Belgium, Artnet reported.
According to Page Six, the antique artwork — which dates back to the 1st or 2nd century — was stopped when it arrived in Los Angeles, after authorities were alerted that it might be protected cultural property.
It was part of a 5.5-ton shipment valued at $745,882 and said to contain 40 antiques, as well as modern furniture and decorative objects.
Further examination of paperwork about the statue had some discrepancies, leading officials to become suspicious about where it had actually come from.
Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage sent an archaeologist in 2018 to examine the work.
The expert concluded that it had been “looted, smuggled, and illegally exported from Italy,” leading the country to ask for it back.
The feds ordered Kardashian to relinquish the work in a civil forfeiture complaint filed in California on Friday.
A representative for Kim said in a statement that her client basically has no idea what anyone is talking about.
“Kim never purchased this piece and this is the first that she has learned of its existence. We believe it may have been purchased using her name without authorization and because it was never received, she was unaware of the transaction. We encourage an investigation and hope that it gets returned to the rightful owners.”
(Kim photo: MediaPunch)