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History for sale: the international art market and the nation state

Abstract:

In April of 2003 the collection of André Breton, one of the founders of Surrealism, was auctioned off at the Hôtel Druout in Paris. This article focuses on how the sale sparked a heated debate about the French state's role as the protector of French cultural patrimony and looks at the different interests involved, from Breton's daughter, who authorised the sale, to the Minister of Culture. Ultimately, the author argues that the state allowed the sale to occur, despite popular protest, in orde...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1017/s0940739106060188

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Oxford college:
St Anne's College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-4640-277X
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
International Journal of Cultural Property More from this journal
Volume:
13
Issue:
03
Pages:
259-283
Publication date:
2007-01-30
DOI:
EISSN:
1465-7317
ISSN:
0940-7391
Language:
English
Pubs id:
1541366
Local pid:
pubs:1541366
Deposit date:
2023-10-20

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