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Tag: Cultural Property Issues

WCO Reports: Heritage Trafficking Tiny Percentage of Illegal Trade

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!

Everything Must Go? How Museums Are Fighting to Survive During the Pandemic

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.

Sotheby’s Case Against Greece: A Legal Analysis

When Greece demanded an ancient Greek object to be withdrawn from a public auction at Sotheby’s, the auction house answered with a law suit against the country.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.

International Council of Museums Faces Severe Crisis

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.

New Milestone at Portable Antiquities Scheme: 1.5 Million Archaeological Objects

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.

Sotheby’s Cannot Sue Greece

For the first time, a US auction house tried to sue a state. The case primarily revolves around an ancient bronze sculpture, whose sale was prevented by Greece without sound reasoning. However, this case has also consequences for the coin market.

Help Making the US Reconsider Import Restrictions on All Roman Coins!

The US State Department plans to extend their import restrictions on all (!) Roman coins with the renewal of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Italy. Let’s try to prevent this by commenting and make our voices heard!

“The Primary Task Is Documentation of Collections”

In the second part of Kate Fitz Gibbon’s interview with St John Simpson, the British Museum’s Senior Curator for the Middle East, we learn more about the role of fakes (also in the British Museum) and what should be done to fight illegal excavation helping thus collectors, too.

ISIS “Making Millions of Dollars Out of Traded Antiquities Is a Complete Myth”

St John Simpson, the British Museum’s Senior Curator for the Middle East, talks about the museum’s role as expert witness to looting. His view on the market’s role in trafficking illegal antiquities cuts across the ILLICID report.

The Global Art and Heritage Law Project

All countries have different cultural heritage laws. Do you need thoroughly researched first-hand information on how this subject is dealt with in let’s say Peru or Italy? Then browse the Global Art and Heritage Law Project of the Committee for Cultural Policy, available for free!