Buying Art Abroad is Fun, Bringing It Home May Not Be

December 30, 2014 2:35 PM

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New York arts lawyer Thomas C. Danziger received a telephone call late one night in 2009 from "a guy in a hotel in Hong Kong" who discovered he had a legal problem. The man, a Park Avenue collector of art and antiquities, had just bought from a Hong Kong antiques dealer a small clay figurine in the shape of a horse that dated to China's Tang Dynasty, sometime in the ninth century.

Eager to bring his purchase back home, the collector contacted a New York antiques dealer who told him of a memorandum of understanding between the United States and China reached in the last days of the George W. Bush administration that would soon restrict the import into this country of all Chine...

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