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The Thirty Years’ War – Part 4

Both religion and power were the focal points of the Thirty Years’ War that shook the whole of Europe during the 17th century. Ursula Kampmann brings that era alive. Today you will read how war-related events moved from Bohemia to the Rhine. more ]

Auction sales

Tradart SA, B-Brussels [ more ]

Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., USA-New York [ more ]

Fritz Rudolf Künker, D-Osnabrück [ more ]


German Archaeological Institute demands end of trade in ancient objects as we have known it

On December 11 and 12, 2014, the German Archaeological Institute hosted a conference on “Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit Excavations and Trade” at the German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin. The message was clear. Archaeologists demand an end of the trade in ancient objects as we have known it. more ]

Are Descriptions in Auction Sale Catalogs Legally Binding?

€42,000 was the price a painting fetched in an auction, but now some experts are estimating it at sensational £10 million. It is said to be a genuine Caravaggio. Now, a court has to decide whether the auction house is liable for its wrong attribution. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at the playground ... more ]