In the last days, The National Customs Service investigates how many artworks the multinational Christie’s has sent overseas from Chile, and it tries to verify if the documentation used for that is legal or falsified.
The authority is searching the overseas shipping done by the multinational Christie’s with the transport company Blitzen, whose web page claim that they are the favorite of “art galleries, museums, antiques shops, auction houses (…) who trust them the care and use of your cultural legacy.” The Customs decision is defined in an inquiry carried out by the District Attorney’s Office, and it connected Christie’s representative in the country, the auctioneer Denise Ration Kramarenko.
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Ratinoff Kramarenko is being investigated from the Public Ministry because in November 2017, she sent from Chile the Dutchman Salomon Koninck’s painting made in 1639, called “Der Gelehrte” (The Erudite) with an “irregular” documentation. The work belonging to Renate Stein Von Unger, who inherited it from her father, would have been auctioned last April in New York for an amount over 40 thousand dollars. This fact is supported by an acceptance role sent by email.
According to the investigated by the District Attorney’s Office, Ratinoff Kramarenko would have known, at least since last September, the work was part of the pillaging done by the Nazis during the World War ll.
Nowadays, the Consumers National Service (SERNAC) and the Natural Service for Cultural Heritage (Dibam) are part of the investigation carried out by the District Attorney’s Office through the presentation of criminal complaints. This is due to the documentation emitted by the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) were signed by an employee that was disabled to do it. Also, this documentation is obligatory in order to send a work overseas, temporary or permanently. According to this means, this procedure would have repeated in several occasions.