Export policies

Legal battle over €15m Leonardo discovery: owner, Tajan auction house and French government fight it out

An export ban was placed on the drawing in 2017 but the French culture ministry has not purchased the drawing as planned

'An opportunity for bargain hunters' or a waste of time? Italy relaxes stringent export laws for Old Masters and antiques worth less than €13,500

Lower-value older works and those by artists who died less than 50 years ago no longer need an export licence to leave the country—but the process can still be slow

Cash-strapped museums unable to stop treasures from leaving UK

Export licences likely to be granted on Italian roundel and German reliquary as institutions struggle with the fallout of the pandemic

UK fails to save painting of 'paramount importance' as Getty export licence is granted

Recently rediscovered 18th-century work by artist Joseph Wright of Derby was bought by the Los Angeles museum in March last year

French government has 30 months to find funding for Cimabue kitchen painting

Culture ministry blocked export of medieval work but will the French state proceed with purchase?

UK buyer sought for £8m Gainsborough masterpiece barred from export

Pastoral landscape sold at Sotheby’s was once owned by Royal Holloway college

Will the V&A buy this £7 million roundel?

Export license could be extended until November

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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 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

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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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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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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Omai to go on loan to Tate

Is this a prelude to its sale to the gallery?

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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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The National Gallery secures Raphael

The Getty Museum loses out on “Madonna of the pinks”

Tate director, Nicholas Serota: Recent art is patrimony too

Serota discusses export laws and what is truly significant to public collections

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The future of Raphael’s "Madonna of the pinks" still hangs in the balance

A lottery grant of £11.5 million may not be enough to keep the painting at the National Gallery

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National Gallery reaches out to the underprivileged in bid to save Raphael from export

“The Madonna of the pinks” may have been painted for a nun in Perugia

Antiquities dealer Shelby White included in US Cultural Property Advisory Committee: A fox among doves?

Anger at appointment of collector who imports the very objects the committee tries to keep out

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Lloyd-Webber outraged at pre-Raphaelite collection's export

The 300 paintings and drawings in the Makins collection include works by Millais, Holman Hunt, Rossetti and Burne-Jones

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A famous collector sells up: punitive Spanish export laws induce me to sell, says Jaime Ortiz-Patiño

Golf is the new passion of millionaire who has sold Impressionists and French decorative art to the tune of $91.48 million since 1989

European Parliament approves the Directive on the Restitution of Cultural Goods

There are concerns however about how effective or restrictive this regulation will be