A ranking of European auction houses by total fine art sales for the first months of 2018, produced in June by Artnet analytics, features no German houses in the top ten. In 2017, Ketterer Kunst of Munich was tenth on the list, and in 2016 both Ketterer and Grisebach of Berlin were among the top ten. Ketterer posted sales of €43.3m in 2017, compared with €48.3m in 2015. Grisebach’s sales fell to €42m in 2017, against €50.9m in 2015. The primary aims of the cultural heritage protection law are to stop illegal trafficking in looted antiquities and ensure that works of art that are significant to national heritage do not leave Germany. But auction houses say it adds to the administrative burden on them. In addition to the export permits required for artworks sold abroad, they must now provide documentation for every object imported for consignment, including proof that it has been in the country from which it was imported since before 1990. To bypass this requirement, the Stuttgart-based Nagel Auktionen has held its auctions of Asian art in Salzburg, Austria, since June last year. The states of Germany are responsible for implementing the law, and Michael Trautmann, an expert in Asian art at Nagel, said authorities in the state of Baden-Württemberg had told him that it would be illegal for the company to import any items for auction without such proof. German culture minister Monica Gruetters Christof Rieken “Fifty percent of what we sell comes from abroad, so that would mean these consignments would go elsewhere and we would not be competitive,” Trautmann says.
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