Public asked to photograph ‘secret collection’ of works stored in homes across the UK

Wow this can be a pandora's box...

“These works are exempt from inheritance tax or capital gains tax under the condition that they are maintained, kept in the UK and made available for the public to see,” says an OIA spokesman. Hannah Greig.

“We're calling upon art lovers to contact private owners through our website to arrange access and encourage a wide-scale digitisation of these important cultural assets.” The public should try and arrange viewings, the organisation adds. “When you find an object you want to visit, make an appointment with the owner. Some of these works can be seen most days in country houses or National Trust properties. Others may be in ordinary houses in suburban streets. If the owner or their representative is uncooperative, HMRC would like to hear about it,” says a statement on the OIA website.

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