Law, crime and regulation

Legal cases, stolen art, regulation and tax issues remain important part of the art and antiques sector.

This category ranges from the levy of the Artist’s Resale Right to controversies over fakes and forgeries.


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Antiques centre owner warns others of thieves’ technique after sky light break-in

21 October 2020

The owner of an antiques centre has warned others to be vigilant and take extra precautions after being broken into via a sky light.

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New anti money laundering cost to the art trade 'entirely inappropriate'

19 October 2020

First, regulation under the Anti Money Laundering (AML) Regime and now to follow, a government levy to pay for the privilege?

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Trade threatened by £100m anti money laundering levy

19 October 2020

The art market is lobbying government to try to stop a new levy on the sector for Anti Money Laundering initiatives.

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Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force

13 October 2020

A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.

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ATG letter: Praise for police book crime response

12 October 2020

MADAM – it’s heartwarming to read that a number of stolen, extremely rare books have been recovered by the Met police in cooperation with the Romanian police (News, ATG No 2461).

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Help locate stolen rocking horse

08 October 2020

A family are asking for help from the trade to look out for a stolen rocking horse.

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ILAB president announces launch of missing books database following re-election

07 October 2020

Australian book dealer Sally Burdon said she will use her second term as ILAB president to consolidate changes and launch a new missing books register following the international book trade association’s recent election.

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Rare Sumerian plaque to return to Iraq with help of British Museum

30 September 2020

A 4000-year-old limestone sculpture is to go on temporary display before returning to Iraq.

A lawyer writes: A cautionary tale on the ‘source of funds’

28 September 2020

How a bid to buy time led to a transaction being investigated

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Fitzwilliam Museum acquires European masterpieces from the estate of banker George Pinto

26 September 2020

Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam Museum has acquired three paintings for the nation from the estate of George Pinto (1929- 2018).

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Coronavirus: art and antiques fairs in conference centres and exhibition halls cannot go ahead this autumn

23 September 2020

Arts and antiques fairs planned in conference centres and exhibition halls will not be able to take place this autumn following the latest coronavirus restrictions announced by government yesterday.

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Indian bronzes returned by Met's Art and Antiques Unit

22 September 2020

The Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit have helped recover three 15th century Indian bronze sculptures after one was identified in the possession of a UK dealer.

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Planning changes threaten Portobello shops

21 September 2020

Concerns have been raised that Portobello Road antiques shops could be under threat under new English planning laws that will make it easier to change the use of a retail building.

Stolen rare books

Stolen collection of antiquarian books worth £2.5m recovered from underground store in Romania

19 September 2020

A collection of rare books valued at more than £2.5m and stolen from a London warehouse in 2017 has been recovered in Romania.

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Consultation will be final step before Ivory Act is law

14 September 2020

A government consultation on the minutiae of elements of the Ivory Act is required prior to the implementing of the new law.

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US tariffs on Chinese art take effect as New York auction series begins

07 September 2020

This month’s Asian art series in New York could be the last sales to avoid the new trade tariffs that have been imposed by the Trump administration.

Art market will be given more time to register under Money Laundering Directive

31 August 2020

Art market businesses will have more time to register under the 5th Money Laundering Directive.

ATG letter: Who decides on ivory merit now?

31 August 2020

MADAM – The imminent Ivory Act is, not to put too fine a point on it, an ill-considered waste of space, introduced by the ill-advised misguided.

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Ivory Act: no more challenges to new law says Supreme Court

17 August 2020

The Ivory Act 2018 is now expected to come into effect this year after dealers and collectors of antique ivory were refused a final appeal.

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Police call for help to find stolen Cotswolds post box sawn from its mount

13 August 2020

A Royal Mail post box has been sawn from its mount in a Cotswold village and local police are hoping to trace it.

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