In last week’s publication of the comprehensive book ‘Compendium Beslag- en Executierecht’, Maarten Sanders, Gert Jan van den Bergh and Steven Wiggers contributed on the seizure of valuable works of art. In the chapter, they discuss a number of bottlenecks that arise when it comes to the seizure of valuable artworks. Which party is able to take responsibility for the safekeeping and what possibility does the law offer if that party is not prepared to do so? In addition, the cost of preserving a valuable work of art can be very high. What are the conditions for safekeeping and who is liable for the damage during the seizure? In their conclusion they make a recommendation for the modernisation of the law on seizure.

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