Last month, Kim Kardashian West was named in court filings alleging she imported an ancient Roman statue that US officials say was looted from Italy. But now, it turns out the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wasn't behind the illegal purchase at all. So who else could it have been...?

The most likely culprit is none other than the reality star's soon-to-be ex-husband, Kanye West. According to Artnet, court documents filed in California seek the forfeiture of a "looted, smuggled and illegally exported" antique that it believes was being delivered to the star. The complaint calls for the sculpture to be forfeited to the US government, which would in turn likely repatriate the piece to Italy.

Initially, a spokesperson for Kardashian responded to the allegations saying she "never purchased this piece" and that "this is the first that she has learned of its existence."

"We believe that it may have been purchased using her name without authorization and because it was never received (and) she was unaware of the transaction," the spokesperson said in a statement to CNN. "We encourage an investigation and hope that it gets returned to the rightful owners."

However, now new details have emerged courtesy of TMZ. Citing a “source connected to the situation,” the outlet reports that West acquired the sculpture as part of a larger purchase that included additional artworks – without Kardashian's knowledge.

The sculpture in question is a massive draped figure titled Fragment of Myron’s Samian Athena dating back to the 1st or 2nd century, during the early to mid-Roman Empire and it was reportedly purchased from Belgian dealer Axel Vervoordt. It was seized by authorities in Los Angeles in 2016 after arriving in a 5.5-ton shipment that contained $745,000 worth of antiques, of which Kardashian was listed as the consignee and importer.

What To Read Next

  • blank hoodies

    The Best High-Quality Blank Sweats in the Streetwear World

  • best scandinavian brands feature rains sandqvist stutterheim

    37 Scandinavian Brands You Need to Know

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Here's What Acne Studios' "Face" Mascot Actually Means

  • best sneaker apps feature Adidas Eastbay GOAT

    The 5 Best Sneaker Apps to Stay on Top of Every Drop in 2019

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Getting Hands On With the Certified Lover Boy Air Force 1s

  • sneaker websites

    Peep The Best Sneaker Stores Online & in the World

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.