How ISIS Makes Money From The Art Market

Imagine: you are window-shopping on a quiet street, perhaps in London or Paris or New York. Something remarkable catches your eye: an ancient coin, a gold chain, a tiny figurine. Impulsively, you enter the shop, where the owner explains to you that the sculpture comes originally from Mesopotamia, that the necklace is Byzantine. It isn’t inexpensive, but the shopkeeper has guaranteed its provenance and the price seems fair; and besides, you quite love it. You say yes, and leave the shop with your new treasure tucked safely in a bag.

You may have just handed your money over to the Islamic State.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    It’s a good thing I don’t buy black market smokes anymore.
    By the way, I never bought black market smokes.
    And the government hates poor people.
    I used to roll smokes with a cigarette making machine but stopped because the government got greedy and hiked the taxes up so much on the loose tobacco that it no longer made sense to roll them.
    Currently on Day 18 of my latest quit.
    Caring more about the nearly two hundred bucks I haven’t given the government than the health benefits.

  • Shebel

    Are we speaking about Nazis or ISIS ?