Samstag, 25. Juni 2011

Blog discussion on the scale of the illegal trade of antiquities

At Looting Matters there is currently a discussion about the scale of the market for illicit antiquities. Estimations reach from nearly 100 millions $ per year up to over 4,5 billion $. Reliable data does not exist. However in 1999 FBI estimated the volume with 6-9 billions Swiss Francs (T. Buomberger, Die Wege des illegalen Kunsthandels. Erklärung von Bern Magazin 4/20 Sonderausgabe Kulturgutraub, p. 16-17.)

See also the remarks by Paul Barford on his blog Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues (PAC).

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