The artist’s resale right revisited: a new perspective

The artist’s resale right revisited: a new perspective Journal Article

International Journal of Cultural Policy

  • Author(s): Kawashima, Nobuko
  • Published: 2008
  • Volume: 14

Abstract: This paper revisits the debate concerning the legal provisions of the artist’s resale right with the aim of providing some new perspectives. Using recently released empirical studies, the paper argues that while resale right payments may be concentrated on established artists in value terms, small amounts will be paid to a large number of relatively unknown artists, particularly in the European market where lower value transactions are large in number. By drawing on the non-economic literature on pricing art in the primary art market, the paper suggests the rationales of the resale right, often seen as invalid in the past, may actually be valid. Art dealers will be faced with complex economic impacts as the resale right is legislated.

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Kawashima, Nobuko, 2008, The artist’s resale right revisited: a new perspective, Volume:14, Journal Article, viewed 15 June 2024,

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