Nepal’s ancient treasures fetch millions on black market

About 80% of Nepal’s religious artifacts are believed to have been stolen and sold abroad, with plundered ancient statues fetching millions on the black market.

Behind the scenes: An Al Jazeera investigation led to police raids on antiquities shops in Kathmandu, where ancient treasures were on sale. Police announced in a subsequent press conference that of the many artifacts sold illegally, “some made it to the USA, and some of those to museums.”

One museum under investigation, police told Al Jazeera, is the Rubin Museum in New York. The Rubin Museum told Al Jazeera they have never knowingly acquired objects that have been illicitly traded, smuggled or stolen and have strong guidelines against it.

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