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Writing in this week’s Letters, Baggott proposes to personally compile a data base of items discarded or defaced as a result of rule changes while pledging to coor dinate a scheme to store unwanted ivory objects.

Baggott, a vocal critic of the government’s plans to restrict sales of ivory, also asks dealers and auctioneers to record the responses received when apply ing to sell items under the ‘outstanding artistic, cultural or historic value’ exemption.

“Despite the best efforts of the trade, I fear a law that bans the sale of most antique ivory will soon be with us,” he says. “We must make the best record that we can of the destruction this new bill will cause.”