Law, crime and regulation

Legal cases, stolen art, regulation and tax issues remain important part of the art and antiques sector.

This category ranges from the levy of the Artist’s Resale Right to controversies over fakes and forgeries.


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Roman mosaic to remain in Dorset after fundraising success

22 February 2021

A Roman floor panel sold at auction in 2018 and then to an international buyer will be reunited with two other fragments from the same mosaic after a successful fundraising appeal to keep it in the UK.

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EU proposes ban on import and export of antique ivory

15 February 2021

New proposals by the European Commission to prevent the commercial export and import of most antiques containing ivory have been described by The British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) as “hugely damaging and disproportionate”.

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Second Martinware pottery jug from Ealing theft returned

11 February 2021

A face jug from the Ealing Martinware thefts has been returned – the second piece from the Ealing Council’s collection to be recovered in recent months.

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Row breaks out over artist model’s estate sale

08 February 2021

A row has erupted over the circumstances surrounding the auction of a collection of Modern British art in Derbyshire in December.

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ATG letter: An artist’s royalty payment is nothing like a musician’s

08 February 2021

MADAM – I do not see the controversy around ARR within the art market going away as long as it is in existence – because its existence is so peculiar.

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Newton celestial globe stolen after smash and grab raid in Fulham

03 February 2021

The antiques trade has suffered another smash and grab theft following a wave of robberies targeting map dealers in central London before Christmas.

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Rare George III watch barred from leaving country in hope it can be bought by a UK buyer

03 February 2021

A £2m pocket watch once owned by George III has been temporarily blocked from export to give a UK institution the chance to purchase it.

A lawyer writes: Dealers beware – the High Court could override your attempts to keep buyers unidentified

01 February 2021

Case shows how confidentiality cannot always be completely relied on

French export licensing thresholds for cultural goods change

01 February 2021

France has changed its export licensing system for cultural goods, increasing the value thresholds and removing some red tape.

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Armada maps saved for the nation after Navy museum secures funding from grants and the public

28 January 2021

A group of hand-drawn Armada maps depicting a key moment in England’s history have been saved after a fundraising campaign by the Royal Navy museum.

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FCA insurance ruling welcomed by the trade

25 January 2021

News of the Supreme Court ruling that will allow thousands of small businesses to receive insurance payouts covering losses from the first national coronavirus lockdown has been largely welcomed within the art and antiques trade.

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ATG letter: No need to panic about anti money laundering rules

25 January 2021

MADAM – The 2020 National Risk Assessment report, published late last year, rates the art market as ‘high’ risk for money laundering.

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Brexit deal retains Artist’s Resale Right as part of level playing field

18 January 2021

The UK has agreed to follow the existing Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) regulations under the Brexit trade deal that came into effect earlier this month.

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Police alerted to missing collection of porcelain from Wiltshire auction house

16 January 2021

A Wiltshire auction house has alerted the trade to a missing collection of porcelain.

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Open Art Fair appeals court ruling on stand fee

11 January 2021

The organiser of The Open Art Fair is to appeal a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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ATG letter: Cleopatra underlines Ivory Act inadequacy

11 January 2021

MADAM – Your report on the export licence stop placed on the ivory and bronze Triqueti figure of Cleopatra indirectly highlights the tragically arbitrary nature of the Ivory Act (News Digest, ATG No 2474).

ATG letter: Time for UK to ditch ARR

11 January 2021

MADAM – When ARR was originally introduced we were told that since the UK was in the Common Market, we had to follow their rules.

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Plea from London dealer to help find stolen Russian icon

06 January 2021

A Russian icon has been stolen from the shop of a London dealer and the art and antiques trade are asked to look out for the object in case it is offered for sale.

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Ivory Cleopatra sculpture blocked from export in hope UK buyer found

22 December 2020

An export block on Death of Cleopatra by Henri de Triqueti, an ivory sculpture with British royal connections, has been announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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Export licences will go digital in autumn 2021

21 December 2020

Digital export licences will be introduced towards the end of next year in a boost to the UK’s art and antiques sector.

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