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Auction Houses

Sale of First Nations Family Masks is Cause for Concern

Sale of First Nations Family Masks is Cause for Concern

on January 24, 2013, 9:00 am / in archaeology law, Art Law, Auction Houses, Canada, cultural property law, Patrimony Laws

Two cedar masks considered sacred to a Hupacasath family have recently been sold to an unknown collector. The colorful masks, […]

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Russia Lists Historic Mansions for Public Auction

Russia Lists Historic Mansions for Public Auction

on January 22, 2013, 9:00 am / in archaeology law, Auction Houses, cultural property law, Museums, Preservation Initiatives, Russia

There are currently 150,000 architectural monuments in Russia. According to Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, a majority of them are […]

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Smuggled Tyrannosaurus Skeleton at Auction

Smuggled Tyrannosaurus Skeleton at Auction

4 on January 2, 2013, 9:00 am / in archaeology law, Auction Houses, Crime, Dinosaurs, Museums

Described as “a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton” that “ruled the food chain of the ancient food plains that are today’s Gobi […]

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Is Legendary Antiquities Expert Douglas Latchford a Fraud?

Is Legendary Antiquities Expert Douglas Latchford a Fraud?

9 on December 19, 2012, 9:00 am / in archaeology law, Auction Houses

81-year-old British art collector Douglas A.J. Latchford, known as one of the world’s greatest Khmer antiquities experts, has spent 55 […]

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Demand for Islamic Antiquities Rises Even Further

Demand for Islamic Antiquities Rises Even Further

on September 21, 2012, 9:00 am / in Auction Houses, Museums

The Islamic art market is booming. According to Iranian-born businessman and philanthropist Nasser D. Khalili, “Twenty years ago, there would […]

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Bargain Art Online? Surprise! It’s Fake

Bargain Art Online? Surprise! It’s Fake

on September 18, 2012, 9:00 am / in Art Law, Auction Houses, Fakes & Forgeries

Every day, shoppers purchase artwork labeled as “original” and “authentic” at closeout prices online. As the New York Times reports, […]

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How to Launder Money Through Art and Antiquities

How to Launder Money Through Art and Antiquities

3 on September 12, 2012, 9:00 am / in Art Authenticity, Art Law, Auction Houses, China, Crime, Money Laundering

With $4.79 billion in sales last year, the Chinese art market has overtaken art markets in the US and UK […]

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1970 UNESCO Convention Combats Black Market in Antiquities

1970 UNESCO Convention Combats Black Market in Antiquities

3 on September 5, 2012, 9:00 am / in archaeology law, Auction Houses, cultural property law, Looting

Experts say that the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer […]

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More (Allegedly) Stolen Art at Sotheby’s

More (Allegedly) Stolen Art at Sotheby’s

on August 24, 2012, 9:00 am / in archaeology law, Art Heists, Art Law, Auction Houses, Cambodia, cultural property law, Looting, Patrimony Laws, Repatriation

There is yet another piece of allegedly stolen art gracing the pages of Sotheby’s 2011 catalog. Prosecutors have recently filed […]

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(Another) Reputable New York Dealer Busted for Trading in Looted Antiquities… $20 million worth.

(Another) Reputable New York Dealer Busted for Trading in Looted Antiquities… $20 million worth.

2 on August 15, 2012, 6:00 am / in archaeology law, Art Law, Auction Houses, Criminal prosecutions, Looting, Museums

Artinfo reports: Two weeks ago, federal authorities broke open a Manhattan storage unit to discover $20 million worth of allegedly […]

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