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Nagel and Lempertz have moved their Asian art auctions out of Germany following the introduction of the country's cultural heritage law. It will now hold these auctions in Brussels following the introduction of a law for the protection of works of art of cultural interest (Kulturschutzgesetz), which came into force last August. Reason:
Under the new due diligence guidelines, the Kulturgutschutzgesetz demands proof of provenance before ‘cultural goods’ are sold – paperwork that is often not available.Then if objects such as portable antiquities are unpapered, no responsible dealer should be adding them to their stock. The dealers do not like teh idea of getting export licences fopr the objects they sell, possibly because it highlights the lack of checks that such papers exist for their licit export from the source country.