Bergman Weighs in on Questions about Apollo Statue Purchase

September 12, 2004

Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes a controversy surrounding the acquisition by the Cleveland Museum of Art of a bronze Apollo statue believed to be about 2,000 years old.  In response to questions concerning the documents related to the statue's sale by Phoenix Ancient Art, the newspaper quotes Bergman:

[Phoenix] lawyer, Henry Bergman, blamed a paperwork error and said Hicham Aboutaam [owner of the gallery] is "not in the business of breaking laws," but that in the charge related to the drinking vessel, he "inadvertently broke a law by making a mistake filling out a form. The piece he imported was legal to import."