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Two Indian statues that are more than 1,000 years old were seized Friday from Christie's auction house after investigators discovered they had been smuggled out of the country, eventually landing in New York.The second is a rare representation of an equestrian deity, Revanta, worth $300,000 from the 8th century.Christie's said in a statement that it would never knowingly offer a stolen work of art and it was cooperating with authorities. According to a yearslong, ongoing investigation by federal agents and the Manhattan district attorney's office, the Rishabhanata statue was sold in 2006 or 2007 .The consul general of India praised authorities for their work in tracking down the statues.
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