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May 24, 2022

Lehr Urges More Understanding of the Illicit Trade of Art and Antiquities

On May 19th, the China-Europe-America Museums Cooperation Initiative hosted a joint event alongside the Antiquities Coalition and the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies under CICG. During the virtual discussion, over 30 globally recognized experts shared insights on the role museums play in protecting cultural heritage. 

Deborah Lehr, Chairman and Founder of the Antiquities Coalition, highlighted the significance role that China, Europe, and America play in the fight against the illicit trade of art and antiquities: 

“Taken together, these three regions make up 77% of the global art market and the overwhelming majority of the world’s museums.” 

Additionally, Lehr called for more understanding of the problem:

“For museums, training in provenance research and authentication, as well as having dedicated museum staff to research acquisitions and object history, can make a significant difference,” Lehr said. “And helping archaeologists, global antiquities dealers, and the purchasing public build capacity in understanding the ‘watch outs’ of the illicit trade can make a difference.”

Read the full article here.