An increasing market value of artworks and antiquities has expanded the economic dimension of cultural property in financial investments. Investments in art have emerged as relatively stable in the recent otherwise unpredictable economic climate. Additionally, quickly emerging economies, such China and India, have simultaneously developed markets for contemporary art that challenges the dominance of the United States and Europe.
The image shows a piece from the 'Bactrian Hoard' of Afghanistan. Soviet archaeologists discovered the 2,000-year-old treasure in the late 1970s. Presumed lost again during the 1990s, the treasure of 22,000 objects reemerged in 2003.
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