Medici Archive that was seized during the raids on the Geneva Freeport. Wise staff will either conduct ultra-rigorous due diligence searches or pass over the opportunity to sell the object. Yet if there is a declining pool of antiquities from old (i.e. pre-1970) collections, then some auction-houses are likely to take risks and hope that the objects will not be recognised. And the Medici Archive is but one set: remember the images seized from Schinoussa and the Basel warehouses. There may be well some 20,000 objects waiting to be identified.
And this must be a concern for potential buyers. Who would want to spend tens of thousands of dollars for an object that could well turn out to be ex-Medici?
Caution is the watchword.
Detail of Roman marble statue from the Medici Archive.