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Musings on ‘museum quality’: BAMF is ‘not living in the real world’

MADAM – Re: the article ‘So what is museum quality?’ (Letters, ATG No 2328).

It seems to me that The British Art Market Foundation (BAMF) does not live in the real world. I would like to ask how are people going to deal with the millions of ivory works of art that are not of ‘museum quality’? I believe BAMF’s conception will cause many people to fall foul of the law.

As I have previously said, a tax on all ivory pre-1947 – no matter whether it is important enough to be considered ‘museum quality’ – would produce millions for the fight to save elephants and other endangered species. It would help too if European dealers and auctioneers sold ivory items with a straightforward guarantee that it is pre-1947.

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