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Australian artist Herbert Badham’s Snack Bar

Australia bans UK-based collector from taking home painting bought at auction

14 September 2016

A UK-based art collector has been banned from exporting a World War II era painting from Australia.

Queen Victoria coronet designed by Prince Albert

Export bar for Queen Victoria’s coronet sold by London dealer

30 August 2016

A temporary export bar has been placed on the coronet designed for Queen Victoria by her husband Prince Albert, giving UK buyers an opportunity to raise the £5m (plus £1m VAT) asking price to keep it in the country.

Balthasar Permoser statuettes

Ivory statuettes blocked from export… but will they be saved for the nation?

15 August 2016

The government has imposed an export bar on two ivory statuettes by Balthasar Permoser (1651-1732), allowing UK buyers the opportunity to match the £1.8m price before they leave the country.

St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child is attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder

Bowes Museum acquires Old Master with help from Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund

26 July 2016

The Bowes Museum has secured funding at a sum of nearly £2.3m to keep an exit-barred painting attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder in the UK.

Florentine pietre dure table top

Vaizey places export bar for Florentine pietre dure table top

27 June 2016

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on a 17th century Florentine pietre dure table top. It was sold in December at Sotheby’s in London for £3m.

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Art and antiques leaders call for 'cool heads and steady hands' after UK votes to leave EU

24 June 2016

Art and antiques industry figures are urging “cool heads and steady hands” in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, while stressing the UK’s continued prominence in the global art market.

Paolo Veronese drawing

Veronese drawing blocked from export after £15m sale

31 March 2016

An important drawing by Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) that changed hands in a major private sale has been temporarily stopped from leaving the UK.

Alberto Giacometti plaster sculpture

Nicholson’s plaster Giacometti given export bar

01 March 2016

A temporary export bar has been placed on Femme, a 15in (37cm) plaster sculpture made by Alberto Giacometti c.1928-29.

Lawrence of Arabia jambiya dagger

Treasures under threat of export

11 February 2016

Export bars have been placed on the robes and dagger of TE Lawrence (1888-1935), better known as Lawrence of Arabia, in a bid to keep the items in the UK.

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Export stop on Howard cabinets

04 February 2016

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on a pair of 17th century Italian ebony, ormolu and hardstone inlaid cabinets in the hope that they can be saved for the nation.

Italian trade lobby to change export laws

12 October 2015

Stakeholders in the Italian art market will meet lawmakers this week in the hope of overturning legislation they say has hampered the country’s art market for a century.

Lower price tag for Van Dyck self-portrait

31 March 2014

An appeal to buy Van Dyck’s final self-portrait for the nation, painted in England in 1640-41, has been given a boost by the news that a lower price is expected.

DCMS figures show how few cultural items were export-stopped

12 February 2014

The latest report from the Department of Culture Media and Sport shows that of 12,089 export licence applications for 51,606 works of art from May 2012 to April 2013, just 28 cases were referred to the Export Reviewing Committee by experts.

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Export bar placed on Raphael

08 April 2013

Two items from the Chatsworth collection that sold at Sotheby’s in December have been placed under a temporary export bar, allowing public bodies or private individuals the chance to raise funds to keep them in the UK.

Picasso export stop

28 August 2012

A temporary export bar has been placed on a Picasso early work which was on display last year at London’s Courtauld Gallery.

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Rhino horn sales under the new rules – what is the effect?

26 March 2012

THE new ‘emergency guidance’ banning the export of worked rhinoceros horn appeared to have a limited effect at the first sale since it was introduced without notice on March 12.

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What the nation saved… and what it didn’t

16 January 2012

THE latest UK government report on the export of works of art revealed that a modest £3.7m worth of treasures were saved for the nation in 2011 after being blocked from leaving the country last year.

London or Birmingham – where is the export licensing unit now?

24 January 2011

CONFUSION reigns over the Export Licensing Unit, whose proposed move to Birmingham from London in a bid to save money was delayed after protests from the London art market.

UK restricts rhino horn exports with immediate effect

20 September 2010

THE government are to refuse nearly all future applications for the export of old rhinoceros horn sold in the UK.

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Export ban expected for rhino trophies

23 August 2010

ATG has learnt that the government is seriously considering withdrawing export licences for much of the old rhinoceros horn sold in the UK.