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Pueblo potter awarded $1M for stolen collection

A judge in New Mexico has upheld a $1 million award to Nancy Youngblood, a Santa Clara Pueblo potter who says a New York City gallery owner stole her collection and sold some pieces.

Youngblood was awarded $386,500 in compensatory damages, $773,000 in punitive damages and additional money for attorney's fees. But Eugene Cam, the owner of the Sakia Gallery, plans to appeal.

The case centers over a collection of pottery that Youngblood said she loaned to Cam in order to display it in New York. Youngblood said she gave permission to Cam to sell one piece but that he sold nine and won't disclose the buyers.

Cam counters that he bought the entire collection, made of pots created by Youngblood and her family members. He wants the case transferred to New York. No contract was ever written between the two parties.

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Judge upholds $1 million award for lauded potter (The Santa Fe New Mexican 11/18)

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