Kim Kardashian denied knowing about an Ancient Roman statue seized by customs officials in 2016 which was part of a $750,000 shipment.
Kim Kardashian has denied knowing about an Ancient Roman statue which was part of a $750,000 shipment in her name that was seized by customs officials in 2016 because the sculpture was ‘looted, smuggled and illegally exported from Italy’.
The limestone statues date back to the first century.
It was imported to Los Angeles in 2016, while Kardashian and Kanye West were renovating their home in Calabasas, but was seized by customs officials.
The US government filed a civil forfeiture claim in an LA court last week.
Axel Vervoordt, a celebrated Belgian interior designer and antique and art dealer, was overseeing the design of Kardashian’s home and is named in court documents, alongside the reality star.
Kardashian’s spokesperson claims she had no idea that the statue was imported in her name.
‘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.’
The sculpture’s precise value is unknown, but it arrived as part of a 5.5-ton shipment described as containing 40 antiques, modern furniture, and decorative objects, valued at $745,882.
It was being imported under a U.S. tariff schedule for ‘antiques of an age exceeding 100 years,’ as opposed to archaeological material.
When customs agents inspected Kardashian’s statue in Los Angeles, they were provided a receipt for the purchase.
But US government officials told an Los Angeles court that Kardashian’s statue was not bought but obtained illicitly.
This was verified by an archaeologist from Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage who examined Kardashian’s statue.
Italian authorities have now requested its repatriation.