The antiquities market: it's all in a price

Brodie, N. (2014) The antiquities market: it's all in a price. Heritage and Society, 7(1), pp. 32-46. (doi:10.1179/2159032X14Z.00000000017)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.

Publisher's URL:


Antiquities have cultural and economic value. Scholarly experts create cultural value, and by creating cultural value they also unintentionally establish economic value. So although antiquities are collected as culturally-important objects, they have also been bought for investment purposes as tangible assets, though with mixed results. Collectors and investors must face the problem of how to assess accurately the cultural and economic value of an antiquity, though again the intervention of scholarly experts is crucial. Scholars themselves benefit financially from even indirect involvement with the antiquities market, and their work can be appropriated and exploited financially as intellectual property. Antiquities trading is often illicit, and in such conditions profits made from the antiquities market are proceeds of crime, though that fact is generally overlooked.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brodie, Dr Neil
Authors: Brodie, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Heritage and Society
ISSN (Online):2159-0338

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record

Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
564621GTICO - Global traffic in illicit cultural objects: Developing knowledge for improving interventions in a transnational criminal marketSimon MackenzieEuropean Research Council (ERC)283873SPS - SOCIOLOGY