|Steinhardt Sardinian Figure|
Source: Tsirogiannis / ARCA
So perhaps it is a day to bury "bad news".
But what is surprising is that a major institution like Christie's has not absorbed the lessons of the last eight years in what has become known as "The Medici Conspiracy".
Academic researchers now realise that it is important to probe and investigate "collecting histories".
And we know that it is important to check the photographic archives that have been seized by the Italian authorities.
Staff in the "Ancient Art" department at Christie's need to adopt a more rigorous due diligence process to prevent this type of incident happening again. They ought to recognise that their present process is not "fit for purpose".
It is perhaps timely that my next essay in the 'Context Matters' series for the Journal of Art Crime is on this very theme.