The return of looted objects to their countries of origin: The case for change

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Abstract

The journalistic investigation into the activities of a major London auction house in the 1990s led directly to the seizure of an important cache of documentation and images at the Geneva Freeport. As a result over 350 items have been returned to Italy from dealers, galleries and auction houses, North American public museums and private collectors. The 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property has provided a benchmark for claims on the return of cultural property. There is a need to enhance the due diligence process undertaken by the market. Although some North American museums have changed their acquisition policies, some curatorial staff display open hostility towards enhanced ethical responsibilities and an unwillingness to comply with further investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook on Art Crime
EditorsSaskia Hufnagel, Duncan Chappell
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter35
Pages797–813
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781137544056
ISBN (Print)9781137544049
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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