Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1: I bought at an auction house in London a Greek antiquity dating app. 560 b.c. and I want to permanently import it to Greece. Can I keep my ownership right?
When importing a Greek ancient object acquired outside the Greece the right of ownership of legally imported antiquities dated up to 1453 is maintained unless a) they had been exported from Greek territory during the last 50 years before the importation and b) they have not been illegally removed from a monument, an archaeological site, church, public collection, collection of religious monuments, storage places of archaeological finds from excavations or other similar places, or that they are not product of illegal excavations.
If the Archaeological Service considers that they had been exported from Greece during the last 50 years or that they are products of illegal activities, the interested person has to provide evidence of the antiquity’s acquisition or import and has to prove its origin.
If it is not possible to prove their origin, a permit of possession (not a right of ownership!) might be granted.