Executive Interview: Sandra L. Cobden

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Senior Vice-President and General Counsel Dispute Resolutions and Legal Public Affairs at Christie’s Sandra Cobden has been a New York-based litigator for more than twenty years. For the last seven years, she has worked at Christie’s managing their disputes, legislative interests, and governments affairs. She is also an adjunct law professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, where she teaches art … Read More

The Ancient Art of Collecting

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In 1925, archaeologists Leonardo Woolley was excavating in an ancient Sumerian city called Ur, located in present day Iraq. There he uncovered one of the oldest collections of antiquities in the Ennigaldi-Nanna’s Museum, believed to be from 530 BC. The museum contained a diverse collection of ancient objects from Mesopotamia dating back as far as 2058 BC. Still more incredible, … Read More

Antiquities in the Art Market

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Antiquities in the art market have long been a topic of controversy surrounding auction houses, museums, collectors and even governments. From looted antiquities making their way onto the shelves of respected institutions to auction houses being caught red handed with smuggled goods, the issue is unrelenting and without an easy solution. The antiquities market is considered to be a gray market, … Read More

Market Impact: Increasing Consumer Demand for Legal Provenance

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The illegal antiquities market is extremely difficult to quantify. The nature of the smuggling networks and a code of silence between buyers and sellers make it next to impossible to confirm solid numbers for analysis. One of the few places for which hard data is available is the antiquities auction market. In 2015, researchers from the University of Chicago analyzed … Read More

Help SAFE Serve You Better: Survey Results

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About the Survey Between November 2014 and January 2015, SAFE conducted a perception survey among SAFE stakeholders, those who have an interest in SAFE and its mission, to determine what users would like to see from us, and how SAFE can improve. We are pleased to present the results of the survey here. Demographics Two age groups were predominantly represented—ages 26-39 ... Read More

What do you think: “Gleaming in the Dust” by George Richards and Tristan Summerscale

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Gleaming in the dust

Following up with the previous blog post, “What do you think?”, this blog post introduces another cultural heritage protection project that reached out to SAFE for suggestions and advice. George Richards and Tristan Summerscale from London, England, have recently published an audio documentary titled, “Gleaming in the Dust.” It focuses on exposing the deep-rooted problems of illicit antiquities trade and … Read More

What do you think: “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu” by Joy Lynn Davis

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Remembering Kathmandu

Following up with the previous blog post, “What do you think?”, this blog post introduces another cultural heritage protection project that reached out to SAFE for suggestions and advice. Joy Lynn Davis leads a public-awareness and art production project, “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu.” It started in 2010 as a response to the illicit smuggling of sacred stone sculptures … Read More

Help SAFE serve you better

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SAFE is working on a planning initiative to better the organization and help achieve its mission. We have designed a survey to measure readers’ opinions of SAFE and its programs, mission, strengths, and weaknesses. We would appreciate if you could take a couple minutes of your time to participate in this survey. Please follow the instructions, and where appropriate, add … Read More

The best ways to share your projects and ideas with SAFE

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SAFE provides several platforms for raising awareness about our concerns for cultural heritage. We also encourage public engagement. SAFECONNECT – The Cultural Heritage Network and our Facebook group were created to enable all those interested in concrete ways to save the past for our future to share their projects and ideas. “What Do You Think?” on this blog offers another open forum. We welcome your submissions … Read More

The vote is in: We want international cooperation for cultural heritage protection

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  On May 29, SAFE opened up an informal poll to gauge public opinion on the issue of international cooperation on cultural heritage protection. This was inspired by Egypt’s request for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to restrict imports of Egyptian archaeological and ethnological material into the United States. The goal was to raise public awareness, a core mission of SAFE. … Read More