"Due Diligence"? Christie’s antiquities auction, London, October 2015
Tsirogiannis, C. (2015), ‘”Due Diligence”? Christie’s antiquities auction, London, October 2015’, Journal of Art Crime, Fall: 27–37.
Analysing four new case studies of antiquities which seem to be illicit and which were offered for sale at Christie’s in 2015, this article asks whether the ‘due diligence’ process (much advertised by the antiquities market) is producing an incomplete result due to incapable provenance researchers, or is, rather, a process that selectively removes or disguises tainted sections in the true collecting histories of illicit antiquities coming up for auction.