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Algardi Bust

Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Attorney-General whether he will refer to the Director of Public Prosecutions the circumstances of the acquisition at auction of the bust of Algardi by three art dealers, and its proposed sale to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with a view to prosecution under the Auction (Bidding Agreements) Act 1927.

No complaint has been made to me nor have I yet received any information which would justify my referring the matter to the Director. If the hon. Member has any which he would like me to consider I shall be pleased to receive it.