The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers held a seminar titled ‘CITES, What’s Going On?’ in London on September 2 attended by more than 40 members.

There are a strict rules surrounding the sale of rhino horn but it is still legal to sell ‘worked’ items acquired or prepared prior to 1947 providing they have the correct ‘pre-sale approval’ documentation.

The talk by Kim McDonald focused upon the European guidance issued quietly in May that promises to have a major impact on the trade in works of art that include the parts of endanged species - and elephant ivory in particular.

A handy guide to what is and isn't permitted under the new rules can be downloaded here.