Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On the Agenda

Looting Matters has recently commented on some of the breaking stories: the Medici Dossier and auction-houses; Madrid and the Polaroids; the Japanese dealer and the Geneva Freeport.

I am aware that some of the older stories are still 'live'. These include the identification of objects in North American collections by the Greek authorities; material from FYROM; and long-term loans to museums.

There are also much larger questions to address. Is it possible to start a new museum of archaeological material without acquiring recently-surfaced antiquities? What can dealers do to avoid selling 'toxic antiquities'? What is the scale of the market?

As always, I welcome comments and suggestions from readers.

Athenian red-figured pelike seized by ICE on the New York market.


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