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June 21, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

Dr David Gill has been awarded the Archaeological Institute of America’s Outstanding Public Service Award, for his work fighting the illegal trading of antiques. Dr Gill has been studying antiques for more than 20 years, looking at the ways that antiques turn up in London and North American markets.

Dr Gill studied the marble Aphrodite, purchased by the J. Paul Getty museum for £11.1 million only to find it had been stolen, culminating in its return to Italy. He is also working on photographic archives, which were discovered in Switzerland. Antiques from private and public collections were recovered during the raids. One of the pieces to be recovered was a Greek vase, 2500 years old from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The illegal trade of antiques is estimated by Dr Gill to be worth approximately $50 to $60 million each year. The AIA were delighted to honour the ongoing work of Dr Gill with the award, noting that his Looting Matters blog is a useful source of information for the trade in antiques which are undocumented. The president of AIA, Elizabeth Bartman commented:

“This nomination has been greeted with enthusiastic approval by the AIA’s governing board and I am delighted to recognise his ongoing efforts to educate both professional archaeologists and the public at large on the threats posed by the international antiquities trade.”

To ensure that you are making a genuine purchase, whether buying antique desks in Cumbria or antiques overseas, choose a reputable dealer to be sure that it is authentic.

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