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The ADA makes final call over EU import licensing proposals

The ADA has been working closely with IADAA to contribute important last-minute contributions to the Trilogue negotiations in Brussels on the import licensing issue. The talks must settle on a proposal that compromises between proposals and amendments from the...

New twist to Swiss saga over Aboutaam property

According to Le Temps, the Geneva Public Ministry has ordered the escrow to be lifted from nearly 5,000 antiques belonging to art dealer Ali Aboutaam. Almost all of the objects, suspected of illicit provenance, had been seized last year. A further 6,000 objects remain...

WCO report reveals the true picture about antiquities trafficking

For some time now, anti-trade campaigners, NGOs, politicians and even international law enforcement agencies have stated that trafficked antiquities are the third largest source of terrorist financing after trafficked drugs and weapons. These claims have always been...

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The problem with provenance and what we can do about it

TIMES HAVE CHANGED, BUT SO HAS THE ANTIQUITIES MARKET. ITS CRITICS NEED TO RECOGNISE THIS AND WORK WITH IT FOR A BETTER FUTURE By Joanna van der Lande The inclusion of the art trade in this debate is crucial, both to explain the complexities of dealing in often small...

The art market’s triple whammy global challenge

The art market’s triple whammy global challenge
Perceived lack of regulation, the rise of art as an alternative asset class and Middle East conflict present a triple whammy for an unprepared art market, says Ivan Macquisten