A little bird has been in touch with Inside Croydon Towers to tell us that a couple of big buzzards, vultures even, have been seen hovering around what’s left of the Riesco Collection at the Museum of Croydon.
Spotted one day last week, the pair of suits were from Sotheby’s, the auction house that has already got its hands on 24 pieces from the priceless porcelain collection which was left to the the people of Croydon in 1959 by local businessman Raymond Riesco.
It would seem that with an estimate of £13 million to be realised by cash-strapped Croydon Council from the dodgy sale of about one-tenth of the overall collection – probably in Sotheby’s showroom in Hong Kong to maximise interest from the growing Chinese market – the vultures reckon there is much more profit to be had by further denuding what little is left of our borough’s cultural heritage.
“If the Tories in charge of Croydon Council are suffering the political pain involved with selling just 24 pieces from the Riesco collection,” one campaigner against the sale told Inside Croydon, “then they have probably calculated that they might as well flog off some more pieces and make as much cash as they can and quick.”
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