Britain Blocks a Picasso From Traveling
Picasso’s “Child With a Dove,” on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: David Moir/Reuters
Too big to fail? What about too important to sell?
The British government has placed a temporary export ban on a privately owned Picasso “Blue Period” painting, saying that the work – made in 1901 and on loan for decades to the National Gallery in London from the collection of a wealthy family – has become too important to Britain’s national heritage to allow it to be sold and to leave the country.
Reuters reported that in March Christie’s auction house confirmed that it had been instructed by the owners to find a buyer for a private sale of the painting, titled “Child With a Dove.”
Edward Vaizey, Britain’s culture minister, said on Friday that he was preventing the work from leaving the country until Dec. 16, and, if a serious attempt to meet the asking price was made by a private buyer or institution outside Britain, until June 16, 2013, according to Reuters.
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