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Tenth-Century Sculpture On Its Way Back to Cambodia

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A 10th-century sculpture that has been housed in Sotheby's for three years is making its way home to Cambodia.

A civil forfeiture action claims that the Duryodhana sandstone sculpture was stolen from a temple in 1972 during the Cambodian civil war and sold to Sotheby's auction house in 2011.

The return comes after a settlement back in December.

"Duryodhana is about to say goodbye now to this beautiful country and their people, who helped him regain his freedom and return home," said Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An.

"We have a history of working on this kind of thing and re-patriating art to the rightful owners," said Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern district. "We got to work, and ultimately, there was a resolution, and everybody should be happy."

The statue spent more than 35 years with a Belgian businessman, who bought it in 1975.

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