Excerpts from the NZAHAA e-Gazette July 2017

Intelligent Collector: Thwarting Thievery By Danielle. Contributed by Grant


There is one sure thing guaranteed to strike terror in the heart of a serious collector, and it is the idea that a beloved item may be lost, or even worse, swindled away. The mere possibility will send any collector into absolute shock.

No one wants to think that anything untoward or larcenous might happen to their precious and lovingly gathered collection or inheritance. Certainly, not after they hand it over in good faith to be sold. Yet for the unwary and unprepared, deceit is a real possibility.

One notable episode still unspooling as we write involves multiple lawsuits against a New York art dealer accused of pocketing proceeds of works entrusted to him by clients. The case involves pieces by Picasso, Canaletto, Magritte, Chagall, Gauguin and van Gogh. In some instances, this dealer was not even authorized to sell the works.

Assets amounting to more than $10 million have been frozen while courts in the United Kingdom and United States unravel charges levelled by individuals and family trusts. In at least one case, dealers who received works without clear title from the accused dealer have also been sued. The accused dealer’s actions and the resultant flap are not unique, nor is the precipitating motive. Larceny often happens because a high-flying dealer/advisor gets into a financial bind, then merchandise as a way of climbing from the hole.

Within the past decade, the long arm of the law has reached out to touch the former board president of a prestigious American museum, plus a museum curator who acted with a family member to allegedly pocket client monies. And there are more. Not all were crimes against individuals; some were against trusts and institutions.

All sorts of flimflams are possible after you release a valuable item to what you believe is a trusted gallery or dealer. Make sure you do your due diligence. In most cases, experts say, chicanery is easily preventable. [….]

I didn’t really know what UK “deactivation” meant when I bought this harmless Schermuly Line Thrower
pistol, on the internet.
Here’s two guns, side by side for comparison, showing the damage;

And did it end up cheaper than NZ? Nah,… so many extra costs, it cost about double what I thought!
So before you’re tempted to buy a gun on the internet, be sure to figure your extra costs, on top of hammer price, such as…


Auckland Branch provided static firearm displays at the Annual Air Show at Ardmore on 4 June.


New Zealand on the Western Front 1917: The Battle of Messines
from the National Army Museum June Newsletter

At 3.10am on 7th June 1917, a series of underground mines laid by Allied tunnellers exploded under German-held territory near the Belgian village of Messines. Just moments after the thunderous blast and backed by a heavy artillery barrage, New Zealand troops alongside Australian and British forces began advancing across no-man’s land to capture their objective, Messines Ridge.

Compared to the misfortunes of the Somme in 1916 and the tragedies that were to come at Passchendaele, the Battle of Messines was a relative success for the Allies. Yet, the ground gained was not achieved without considerable losses for the NZ units involved. Withdrawn from the line two days later, the New Zealanders had suffered 3700 casualties during the offensive, 700 of which were fatal.


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