Tusk, Tusk: An ivory dealer's mea culpa

An ivory dealer's mea culpa

The two pairs of pure, uncarved African elephant tusks were expected to bring their owner between $20,000 and $28,000 in an auction last week at Sotheby's in New York City. But they never made it to the block. Last week Sotheby's not only withdrew the tusks from sale but promised to stop dealing in elephant tusks or any jewelry, furniture or artwork containing ivory that is less than 50 years old. The change of heart was inspired by an outcry that began soon after the tusks appeared in Sotheby's catalog. Clients and environmentalists said the sale would encourage poachers who are...

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