Wednesday 29 February 2012

Fincham on Due Diligence

Derek Fincham, blogging on 'Cambodia Disputing a Koh Ker statue up for auction at Sotheby's' discussed earlier on this blog (here) has a comment which interested me:
The absence of information should not confer the benefits of a good faith purchase. Sotheby's argues the burden should be placed on Cambodia. I wonder though if the blunt reality of two feet without a body might lead a thinking person to a different conclusion.
Indeed, the question is to what degree collectors of knocked-off ('portablised') statuary and the suchlike are what most of the rest of us would consider 'thinking persons'. It seems to me that no-questions-asked collecting is a particularly thoughtless pastime.

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