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There has been a very strange whiff concerning the Artist's Resale Right (ARR), ever since it was brought to our attention on AAD, back in 2011 by the British Art Dealer, John Robertson. I shan't go into the details of the Right here, we've all read enough about this daffy duck, mischievous and archaic ruling over the years.

To the best of my knowledge, ARR in the UK was implemented on the premise that the United States of America, and Switzerland, would introduce the Right. There appears to be no chance of ARR getting through Congress in the USA. In part, because America has in place a Constitution. A Bill of Rights, which every single citizen of that continent, can unite behind and can fall back on. The Ex Post Facto clause means no retroactive adjustments to past deals. When somebody buys something outright, they bought it lock, stock and barrel. There is no 4% bleed to entitlements for heirs and their estates.

In the light of the above, it would be nice if the British Government would get off the fence on this matter. The vast majority of countries in the world have not introduced ARR, and, to all intents and purposes, it looks as if Australia might soon be abolishing it. ARR is, after all, outdated, inefficient and expensive.

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Elliot Lee

Elliot Lee

Elliot Lee founded his antique business in 1994. Having bought his first Antique piece at the tender age of eleven, it has since then been his passion for Antiques, Fine Art, and aesthetically beautif...