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About mcculloughllc

Michael McCullough has extensive experience in art, cultural heritage, and international trade matters. He is a former associate counsel to Sotheby's worldwide where he advised the company on the sale and financing of fine art, the decorative arts, cultural property, antiques, jewelry and special collections. Mr. McCullough is credited with the development and implementation of global policies and procedures related to the acquisition for consignment and sale of some of the greatest artworks in the world. Mr. McCullough is also experienced in U.S. Customs regulations, international trade agreements, export controls, economic sanctions constraints, anti-corruption rules, U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations, and other government agency requirements. Mr. McCullough has represented clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of State, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the United States district courts and the Court of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits.

From Koh Ker to Mediocre

A Sale Bombs and a Million Dollar Sculpture Lost in the Same Week. By Michael McCullough One of the affecting moments among many in Ben Affleck’s Argo is when the Hollywood producer Lester Siegel theorizes about why he was such … Continue reading

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The Economics of Art

By Michael McCullough From the Soft to the Nonexistent Middle Market Andy Warhol is quoted as saying “[a]n artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it … Continue reading

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Chasing Myanmar

By Michael McCullough The Global Art Market in 2012 I suppose I started to notice it about eight years ago, when art fairs became the major source of income for most new galleries. Before that, collectors were content to visit … Continue reading

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A Crisis of Confidence?

By Michael McCullough The Economics of Authenticating Art In April of last year, I attended a gathering where Michael Straus of the Andy Warhol Foundation spoke about the foundation’s then recent decision to stop authenticating works by Andy Warhol. It … Continue reading

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Our Greatness and Our Goods

A Letter from Deep in the Heart By Michael McCullough Most budget debates in the US Congress are conducted on an astonishingly low cultural and intellectual level, marked by both parties claiming clairvoyance over what is required to “make the … Continue reading

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Presidential Power

From Drones to Drachms By Michael McCullough From the very beginning of the Republic, Americans have always delighted in accusing their chief magistrate of having totalitarian ambitions. With extraordinary derisiveness, every president since FDR has been called a “fascist” for … Continue reading

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Ownership Cui bono

American  Law and Claims to Cultural Property By Michael McCullough There are so many important questions that people who write about cultural property issues never get around to asking. Fascinated as we all are to know the curious circumstance of … Continue reading

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Writing a Wrong

New York Changes its Laws to Protect Artists By Michael McCullough In an interview in 1976 with Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel , the great dealer Leo Castelli said, “[t]he function of an art dealer, well, can be various; certainly, a good art … Continue reading

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