Import export of historic instruments
I was browsing the current Tarisio auction that is offering, among others, the double case from the Stradivarius workhouse and other instruments from very historically relevant luthiers. It came to my mind that those items were worth to be in museums and that left me wondering what it's the legislation about these purchases.
According to the Spanish law, antiquities of more than a certain value cannot be exported unles they get a especial permit from the Government. Any international buyer must agree to leave it in Spain, or they need to get that permit. What about other countries, in particular the Italian?
Is there any international agreement regarding antique instruments? If not, any country may refuse to let it go once it gets there (that's the law in many...)
for complicated situations like this I rely on a customs broker/shipping agent to work it through.A good one has valuable contacts and experience that gets the job done. Like a CPA doing involved tax matters, a lot of times their fees balance out possible liabilities.
Carlos, this export restriction may only apply to antiquities which are originally from Spain. Worth checking on.
Well, I found out later.
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