Red tape driving the Aboriginal art market offshore

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Jane Raffan

Australia's protectionist law is pushing trade in culturally significant Aboriginal Art overseas and weakening the local market.

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Lot 57 in Sotheby's International June sale, David Banggal Mowaljarlai (1925-1997), Munubunu; source sothebys.com

About the author

Jane Raffan runs ArtiFacts, an art services consultancy, and has over 20 years experience in public/commercial fine art sectors. She is a valuer for the highly vetted Cultural Gifts Program, board member of the Auctioneers & Valuers Association of Australia, and author of Power + Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of Aboriginal Art.