The risks of selling your art at auction in Paris...

November 18 2011

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Picture: Avis de recherche de la Police Nationale

Thousands of works that 'went missing' over many years from the main Paris auction centre, L'Hotel des Ventes de Drouot, have been listed online by French police in a bid to identify their owners. The site is a nightmare to navigate, but contains some intriguing pictures. A number of arrests have been made, mainly amongst the porters at Drouot, the so-called cols-rouges. For more background on the case, see Simon Hewitt's reports in the Antiques Trade Gazette.

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