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We have tried to make contact with the owners over a long period to no avail. How long must we hold on to the paintings before we can legally dispose of them?

Can anyone help?

Brian Sinfield

Burford, Oxfordshire

ATG replies: Milton Silverman, the author of our A Lawyer Writes column, will compile an article on this topic soon.

In the meantime, we invite readers and trade associations to share their experiences by contacting us at editorial@antiquestradegazette.com