Auction house was about to auction off smuggled goods

Next Tuesday, Christie’s will auction off an impressive collection of Indian art, minus two items: federal agents seized two ancient artifacts from the auction house on Friday, having traced them to notorious smuggler Subhash Kapoor, who’s said to have smuggled over $100 million in rare artifacts.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), special agents in Homeland Security Investigations worked with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, as well as the Indian government and Interpol, to identify and seize the stolen artifacts, which were included in Christie’s catalogue for The Lahiri Collection of ancient and modern Indian and Himalayan art, set to be auctioned off during next week’s Asian Art Week.