Relinquished to feds by local gallery, fate of stolen sculpture uncertain

John Schaefer’s Peyton Wright Gallery, where pieces of Spanish Colonial art are listed for tens of thousands of dollars, recently came across an artifact that’s priceless to many.

Schaefer’s gallery handed the statue over to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after being informed it had been stolen from a church in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. But the gallery’s lawyer said the U.S. government would give no guarantee that the Mexican government would return it to the church.

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