“Orphan” Antiquities Study

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The Cultural Policy Research Institute, a think tank formed last year “to build a viable legal framework for the protection of world historical remains”, has issued its first research study. It focuses on “orphan” artifacts: archaeological material or ancient art in private hands that the AAMD’s recently-adopted guidelines exclude from being acquired by Member museums because these artifacts lack clear … Read More

Blanding sentencing: a missed opportunity?

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It’s hard to say whether the guilty pleas in two looting cases in the Four Corners region represented a victory or a loss for cultural heritage. The United States has strong laws designed to protect and preserve its archaeological patrimony, and it is fortunate to have prosecutors and law-enforcement agents capable of doing the research necessary to bring a meaningful … Read More

Italy’s Art Squad Celebrates 40 Years of Success

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On 3 May 1969, the Carabinieri (Italian National Police) instituted a 16-member unit within the Ministry of Public Education with the purpose of protecting cultural heritage. Predating the UNESCO 1970 treaty by a year, Italy became an early leader in the protection of cultural heritage and has since dedicated unprecedented effort to keeping Italy’s myriad artistic treasures safe. 40 years … Read More

“Wonderful objects with clear provenance continue to perform exceedingly well at auction”

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In June this year G. Max Bernheimer, Christie’s International Department Head of Antiquities, commented on the June 3 sale of antiquities that raised $3.4 million. He spoke positively about the sale: “Today’s strong results show that wonderful objects with clear provenance continue to perform exceedingly well at auction.” It now appears that two of the lots have been seized by … Read More