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Atossa AraxiaAbrahamian: Citizenship for Sale, 20 February 2014

... Last November​ Joseph Muscat, the prime minister of Malta, flew to Miami to convince several hundred lawyers, accountants and wealth managers of the virtues of a Maltese passport. New legislation, Muscat and his advisers said, would allow carefully screened foreigners to obtain fast-tracked, no-strings-attached Maltese citizenship in exchange for an investment of 650,000 euros ...

The Lemming Market

Atossa AraxiaAbrahamian: Asset Class Art, 10 May 2018

Dark Side of the Boom: The Excesses of the Art Market in the 21st Century 
by Georgina Adam.
Lund Humphries, 232 pp., £20, January 2018, 978 1 84822 220 5
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A History of the Western Art Market: A Sourcebook of Writings on Artists, Dealers and Markets 
edited by Titia Hulst.
California, 416 pp., £28, November 2017, 978 0 520 29063 1
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... On 15 November​ , Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi was put up for sale at Christie’s in New York. There is something both exhilarating and embarrassing about watching the world’s wealthiest people spend 19 minutes bidding up, up, up, until a victor emerges half a billion dollars less rich. The crowd gasped as the zeros multiplied, and erupted into cheers when one of five prospective buyers phoned in the winning bid ...

‘Our citizenship is expensive!’

Kristin Surak, 22 September 2016

The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen 
by Atossa AraxiaAbrahamian.
Columbia Global Reports, 166 pp., £10, November 2015, 978 0 9909763 6 3
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... even get a ticket: the UN estimates that around ten million are stateless. ‘In this context,’ Atossa AraxiaAbrahamian observes in The Cosmopolites, ‘the sale of citizenship is interesting not because it is scandalous or even morally reprehensible, but because it speaks to the very arbitrariness of the concept of ...

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