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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Van Gogh painting stolen in Holland while museum closed due to coronavirus shutdown

31 March 2020

A Vincent Van Gogh painting from the early part of the artist’s career has been stolen from a museum in the Netherlands.

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Police ask for help to find stolen antique jewellery from Oxford dealer

29 March 2020

Police are trying to trace antique jewellery stolen by burglars from Norah’s Antiques in Oxford.

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James Bond guns stolen from North London home

28 March 2020

Detectives are appealing for information after five deactivated guns used in James Bond movies were stolen from a residential address in Enfield, North London.

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Call to trade for help to locate lost Mod Brit painting stolen from train to Crewe

24 March 2020

The owner of a painting by Mod Brit artist Terry Frost (1915-2003) is appealing for help after he left it on a train from London to Milton Keynes on January 23.

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Institute of Art and Law to update guidance on restitution cases

19 March 2020

Arts Council England has appointed the Institute of Art and Law to help form new guidance for institutions around the thorny issues of restitution and repatriation of cultural objects.

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Trio of high-value paintings stolen in raid on Oxford college collection

16 March 2020

Three Old Master paintings, including Annibale Carracci’s A Boy Drinking, have been stolen from a museum in Oxford.

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Budget 2020: Business rates scrapped for small shops and galleries

11 March 2020

Art and antiques dealers welcomed news from Chancellor Rishi Sunak that the government will abolish business rates for small businesses this year but warned more still needs to be done.

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Anti-money laundering: Seven key questions answered

09 March 2020

At a recent seminar organised by the Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM), a panel of experts answered questions from the floor about the new law.

ATG letter: A potential risk has been spotted

02 March 2020

MADAM – I was intrigued by your two-page spread on money laundering (ATG No 2430).

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‘Outstanding’ maiolica medicine jar bought by British Museum in tax arrangement with dealer Sam Fogg

28 February 2020

A sixteenth century double-handled maiolica albarello, bought by Mayfair dealer Sam Fogg in 2014, has been acquired by the British Museum.

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Lawyer for dealers in Ivory Act appeal: ‘prepare to sell your antique ivory’

27 February 2020

A lawyer acting for dealers and collectors bidding to have the Ivory Act 2018 overturned warned antique ivory owners they need to “prepare to sell quickly” if judges reject the legal challenge.

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Latest on the anti-money laundering rules

24 February 2020

In the latest in a series of updates on the new regulation to stop money laundering, Antiques Trade Gazette provides another round-up of guidance and tips for the art market.

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Ivory appeal will be streamed live on YouTube

21 February 2020

The final attempt by dealers and collectors to block the Ivory Act, taking place in the Court of Appeal early next week, will be live streamed on YouTube.

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Record-breaking Martin Brothers grinning crab saved for nation heads to Plymouth after export block

19 February 2020

A new museum in Plymouth has acquired a ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers after fundraising to keep the sculpture in the UK.

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From a Mission Impossible-style jewellery break-in to a missing silver sculpture – the latest round up of thefts across the art and antiques sector

17 February 2020

The art and antiques trade have been called upon to help locate missing items after a series of incidents.

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ATG letter: Handley & Moore missing since 1984

17 February 2020

MADAM – Reading about the unfortunate theft of a Handley & Moore bracket clock from the shop of Patrick Sandberg on Kensington Church Street on February 3 (ATG No 2429) reminded me of the clock (pictured below) that had sadly been stolen from my parents’ home in Burford, Oxfordshire, in 1984.

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Anti-money laundering: Prepare for a handy 109 pages

17 February 2020

The art market is coming to grips with a new regime of stricter regulation which forces auction houses and dealers to know a lot more about their customers than ever before. The new anti-money laundering regulation came into force on January 10 but the market has been awaiting a document of guidance that will help them steer through this complex new regulations. Here art market lawyer Tom Christopherson, one of the BAMF team reviewing the new guidance, runs through the 109-page document to help explain some of the most complicated elements.

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Cultural heritage trafficking is in decline, says dealer association report

10 February 2020

The reported trafficking of cultural heritage objects is small and in decline, according to analysis by the IADAA (International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art).

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Shackleton expedition sledge and flag blocked from export

08 February 2020

A sledge and flag that were taken on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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Guidance for anti-money laundering regulation published

07 February 2020

The anti-money laundering guidance for Art Market Participants (AMPs) has finally been published.

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