South Kensington auctioneer Christie’s has been fined for selling elephant ivory without the correct documentation.
Christies was summonsed to appear at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court on 11 April charged with selling elephant ivory in contravention of Article 8 of Council Regulation, under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
On Monday, 23 May a representative for Christie’s pleaded guilty and the company was ordered to pay a £3,250 fine, £85 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
The item is an ivory tusk mounted on silver which was offered for sale on 28 April 2015 in a Christie’s auction with a guide price of £1,200 – £1,800.
PC Rowena Roberts, wildlife officer for Kensington and Chelsea borough said: “Anyone who owns antique ivory should be aware that it cannot be legally sold without an Article 10 certificate which can be obtained via the Animal and Plants Health Agency [APHA].
“The tusk in this case was mounted on silver but was basically a raw, unmodified elephant tusk and therefore should not have been offered for sale without the correct documentation. These laws were established to protect the worlds remaining elephants.”