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Here we have the much-advertised due diligence process of Christie’s that has largely failed since it missed the most important part—the connection to [Robin] Symes and [Christo] Michaelides, notorious antiquities dealers connected with numerous cases of illicit antiquities. [. . .] Christie’s should withdraw the piece and contact the authorities [who will] tell them what to do.
Following extensive research, we have found no grounds under which title to sell can be questioned. Christie’s would never sell anything having reason to believe has been stolen or inauthentic. We devote considerable time and money to investigating the objects in our care. We consult academic, police, civil, national and international lists of stolen works and when we publish our catalogues we welcome scrutiny to help us ensure our information is correct.