Tag: Cultural Property Issues
Since the raid on 16 December 2020, we know for sure that the Big Maple Leaf was melted down. What does that mean for museums, coin dealers and collectors? Have our early warning systems that are meant to recover stolen coins become outdated?
How to press your point by an implied lie: the UNESCO campaign shows objects from the Metropolitan Museum as part of the decoration of a private interieur pretending the objects were stolen. Kate Fitz Gibbon discusses this story.
The World Customs Organization report proves again that the illicit trade in antiquities is not a multi-billion-dollar industry at all – cultural heritage crime barely registers with 0.2 percent of all investigations and seizures of customs!
Museums are hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, and around the world they are currently selling objects from their collections to survive. This goes against their own rules and triggers a heated debate.
When Greece demanded an ancient Greek object to be withdrawn from a public auction at Sotheby’s, the auction house answered with a law suit against the country. William Pearlstein analyzes this important case and what implication it has for collectors and the art market.
What is a museum? That’s what the International Council of Museums (ICOM) is debating so fiercely that some of their leaders have resigned. Do museums have a political mission? ICOM’s existence might depend on the answer to this very question.
Since 1997, voluntary recording of found objects have been made to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Now, the 1.5 millionth archaeological discovery made by the public was recorded. On this occasion, the British Museum reveals 10 of the most important discoveries.