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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“Book theft is not going to go away": Five-point plan to address the problem of stolen books

21 May 2019

In her talk titled 'Grey Matter – Detecting Stolen Books in Circulation' at a recent symposium organised by ILAB, Margaret Ford of Christie’s set out her own five-point plan to address the problem of stolen books – or books with title issues – in the market.

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International trade means keeping track of stolen items is more important than ever

21 May 2019

In the wake of more high-profile book thefts, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is tackling head-on the sometimes thorny issue of provenance.

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Trump administration in renewed threat to tax Chinese art imports

20 May 2019

Chinese art and antiques are part of a new list of $300bn-plus of imports drawn up by President Trump’s administration in the country’s escalating trade war with China, ATG understands.

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Ram raiders hit Petworth fair

20 May 2019

Police appeal after jewellery and cash worth £830,000 stolen in night heist

A lawyer writes: Philatelist’s fight highlights the issue of authorative bodies and their judgments

20 May 2019

In 2006 a well-known philatelist submitted three important penny red stamps on cover to the Royal Philatelic Society (‘RPSL’) for an opinion on authenticity. The response came that they had been ‘faked’. The process was repeated in 2014 and the same reply received.

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Judge dismisses appeal against Simon de Pury in court case over 'gentleman's agreement’

17 May 2019

The Court of Appeals in London has upheld a decision that said advisor Simon de Pury was entitled to a $10m fee on the strength of a handshake agreement.

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Writers’ association launches fund-raising campaign to keep judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' in the UK

16 May 2019

Writers’ association English PEN has launched a campaign to raise the £56,250 needed to buy the judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' that has been barred from export.

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Judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' barred from leaving country in hope of finding UK buyer

15 May 2019

The government has temporarily stopped the export of the judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' from the infamous obscenity trial.

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Police appeal for help to catch ram-raiders of Petworth antiques fair

14 May 2019

Burglars in a pick-up truck and an SUV ram raided the Petworth antiques fair at the weekend, stealing jewellery and cash belonging to dealers exhibiting at the three-day fair.

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Government consultation ahead of new anti-money laundering laws

13 May 2019

The government is seeking views from the art and antiques market on how new anti-money laundering laws will impact the trade.

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Call for help to recover pictures and sculptures stolen from Leicestershire home

03 May 2019

Pictures by contemporary artists Howard Hodgkin, Sir Peter Blake and Gilbert & George and sculptures by William Turnbull have been stolen from a home in Leicestershire.

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Four works by Francis Bacon worth £3m barred from export by government in hope of keeping them in the UK

29 April 2019

The government is hoping to find a buyer for four works - three rugs and a painted screen - by Francis Bacon (1909-92) in the hope of keeping them in the country.

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EU cultural goods bill is ‘blow’ to market – but full impact may not be felt until 2025

29 April 2019

The art and antiques trade has described the introduction of new controls on the import of cultural goods as a “considerable blow” to the market.

A lawyer writes: Duty calls for traders on money laundering

29 April 2019

Stupidity is no defence if suspicious transactions are a serious possibility.

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ATG letter: Giacomo Herman cabinet must stay in UK

29 April 2019

Copy of a letter sent to Jeremy Wright MP, secretary of state for culture, concerning the temporary export ban placed on a 350-year-old cabinet by Baroque artisan Giacomo Herman in the hope a buyer can be found to keep it in the UK (see ATG No 2388):

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Search for UK buyer to pay £11.5m for Old Master drawing blocked from export

19 April 2019

A sketch by Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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Notebooks of Charles Darwin’s mentor blocked from export by government in hope of finding UK buyer

18 April 2019

The notebooks of Charles Darwin’s mentor, the Scottish geologist Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875), have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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Police appeal for help to trace Frank Auerbach paintings in fraud case

15 April 2019

A police appeal has been launched for the recovery of two Frank Auerbach (b.1931) paintings as part of a fraud investigation.

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Renaissance German casket featuring 3D geometric designs placed under temporary export bar

15 April 2019

A 16th century marquetry casket long in the collection of Scotland’s Newbattle Abbey has been placed under export bar in a bid to keep it in the country.

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Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s

12 April 2019

Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.

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