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Freeports

Freeport debate rages on after UK government commits to establishing ten vast storage facilities

Labour MP Owen Smith calls the tax-free zones “self-storage for art thieves”

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Art market

UK art market recovered in 2018, with hike in exports to UAE while trade with Switzerland declines

Global art and antiques imports and exports in and out of the UK increased last year but are yet to reach the levels seen during the 2015 peak

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Otto Dix

Germany's attempt to permanently retain Otto Dix print collection belonging to George Economou fails

Tycoon keeps 500-strong collection after German campaign to include it in national heritage list is thwarted

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Collectors

Californian collectors hit by tax rise

The rates for use tax and sales tax has increased to 7.5%

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Tate

Tate admits error in giving away confidential export data as archive is offloaded to Paul Mellon Centre

The photographic archive of paintings was transferred in haste - twice

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News

Terracotta warriors on display in Hamburg deemed fake by Chinese authorities

Problems with their export and provenance seem to indicate the warriors are not quite what they seem

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Tate

Tate launches appeal to buy Turner's Blue Rigi

The Blue Rigi has been sold to an overseas collector, and after last year's loss of the Dark Rigi the pressure is on

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Tate

Tate to launch campaign to buy Turner’s Blue Rigi for £5m–the highest price it has ever paid for a work of art

The gallery is hoping to display all three Rigi watercolours in January, uniting them for the first time

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J.M.W. Turner

Turner seller might have done better with Tate

Why was The Dark Rigi sold privately, when a public sale would have given valuable tax breaks?

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Tate

How the US National Gallery and Tate were beaten to Turner masterpiece

The Dark Rigi has become embroiled in murky legal waters

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Imports and Exports

China and Italy team up to fight illicit trade

The joint effort will use satellite technology to help protect archaeological sites

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Tate

Final effort for Tate to save Reynolds’ Archers

The Tate continues to fiercely pursue their fundraising campaign in the hopes that this great work may remain in the UK

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Unesco

Switzerland to implement 1970 UNESCO Convention legislation on 1st June

Switzerland’s is known for its pivotal presence in the underground network that moves illicitly excavated artefacts from country to country

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Tate

Omai to go on loan to Tate

Is this a prelude to its sale to the gallery?

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Tate

Reynolds’ Portrait of Omai to remain in the UK, but in private hands

The painting which was bought at Sotheby's was banned from leaving the country - now what?

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Unesco

Long the hub of the illicit antiquities trade, Switzerland is moving towards ratification of the 1970 Unesco Convention

Switzerland also debating new national legislation to make the movement of art and artefacts more transparent

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Cambodia

US imposes import restriction on certain Khmer artefacts

“The pillage of such items from Cambodia is an emergency”

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Unesco

In full: the text of the US Customs import restrictions on Italian archaeological material

The restrictions were imposed following a 1999 request made by Italy under Article 9 of the Unesco Convention

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Auctions

State intervention on humanist manuscripts in Feltrinelli Library sale at Christie's

Top lots go to private collectors, but the Italian State and European dealers put up a fight

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Art market

Changes to Italy's import-export regulations

An art dealer reads the small-print of a new Italian government regulation that enables its officials to “notify” works even when on temporary importation

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Walker Art Gallery

Sir Denis Mahon threatens to withdraw pictures from Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery

Veteran collector and lobbyist for the arts opposes introduction of entrance fees

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Law

Vast exodus of art from Hong Kong due to fears of a Chinese clamp-down after the handover

Collectors fear changes to export regulations after British departure

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Museum acquisitions

With the Castle Howard Guercino, Timothy Clifford has saved from export one more in a long line of masterpieces. Is he the last of Britain’s great acquirers?

The successes and (rare) failures of a passionate collector

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Restitution

Agreement reached on EEC exports and restitution

The Regulation to enter into force by the end of March, the Directive in October

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European Commission

Art export law: DGIII still has the upper hand to the relief of the British

But the technocrats of DGXXI, the Customs and Indirect Taxation Department, are drawing up the next set of proposals. To find out what this means, read on