The Denver Art Museum Is Returning Four Antiquities to Cambodia After the Pandora Papers Exposed Their Illicit Origins

The objects were once owned by the late indicted art dealer Douglas Latchford.

The Denver Art Museum will restitute four Cambodian antiquities linked to the late art dealer Douglas Latchford, whose efforts to cover up the illicit origins of work in his collection were revealed in the Pandora Papers.

The Denver Art Museum is one of 10 museums in possession of works that were sold or donated by Latchford. During their investigation into Latchford’s offshore financial activities, journalists working on the massive data leak reached out to museum officials regarding objects linked to the disgraced dealer, who was indicted in 2019 for selling looted art.

The Denver museum’s ties to Latchford had been under scrutiny for years. In a statement to the Washington Post, a spokesperson said the institution had been in contact with Cambodian officials about the four objects from Cambodia since the dealer’s indictment in 2019. But it only recently began the process of actually returning them.

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