The Italian government claims that the artifact in question, which dates back to 1st or 2nd century Rome, was shipped to the United States in 2016. The big problem in this situation revolves around the fact that Kardashian has denied ever actually buying it. despite the fact that his name was attached to it. The paperwork for the statue indicates that “Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust” is the recipient and importer of the item. Although a representative of the keeping up with the Kardashians star denies being the one involved in this purchase, even though that’s the name of her trust.
The tricky part of this business is that West would have been the one who actually bought it. The deal was part of a purchase the rapper made that included several other works of art. While a source told TMZ that West purchased the statue, they noted that it was not clear if he bought it as a gift for his then-wife or if he planned to have one. talk to Kardashian. Regardless, Italy is now asking for the return of the artefact as it considered it a cultural treasure.
This messy situation doesn’t end there, as TMZ has reported that there is a connection between Kardashian and Axel Vervoordt, a Belgian designer who was the one who shipped the artifact to the United States. The post assumes that it was Vervoordt’s company that put Kardashian’s name on the Roman statue document. It wouldn’t be the first time Kardashian or West have worked with Vervoordt, as the designer worked with the couple in 2016 while they were building their Hidden Hills estate. Vervoordt released a statement about it in which he claimed he was not aware of the exact story behind the origins of the statue. He also said he obtained the piece from a French gallery in “good faith”. His statement read: “At this point there is no evidence that this part was illegally imported from Italy. If the investigation proves that the piece was indeed exported from Italy without an appropriate export license from the Italian Ministry of Culture, of course we will take our responsibility. “
When it was initially reported that Kardashian was linked to the affair, her rep released a statement in which they noted the star was unaware of the play’s “existence”. Her representative said: “We believe he may have been purchased using her name without authorization and since it was never received, she was unaware of the transaction. We encourage an investigation and hope it will be returned to the rightful owners. “