Yes I agree that personal collectors should be afforded the same right as museums in the purchase of historic pieces. It comes down to the almighty dollar. If a private collector has enough money to purchase then it should not matter in the end. Museums however do a service in allowing people to view these items, however they should not be afforded fair ganme to them either.
Should people be allowed to get stuff that belongs somewhere else? How do we know it DOES belong in a museum? If there were a Japanese TV Culture in America museum, should they be allowed first dibs on rare Pokemon cards? Should a family be able to sell old family artifacts, even if they have historical value? Yes.
Artists work hard to make artwork that everyone can enjoy. If collectors buy them, public art lovers and anyone who wants to see art can not enjoy these masterpieces. The artists and their descendants would not want the work to go to waste by hanging from a wall where only a few people can enjoy. Artwork should be open to the public.
Museums are meant for the public so that they can see the beauty and tragedy of our past to present. If collectors were to buy artifacts from the museum, then the public would never be able to see it again and, once again, the rich would have power over others.
Important pieces of art and artifacts belong in museums so that they can remain a part of our collective history. Allowing individuals to purchase these pieces makes viewing history a privilege of the wealthy. Museums provide the means for people of all walks of life to learn and enjoy our shared human history.
Museums are cultural institutions that help to preserve our common heritage. Pieces of artwork which are housed in museums should not pass into the hands of private collectors. They should be visible to the general public, so that everyone can enjoy them and learn from them. Our culture belongs to everyone.
Personal collectors should not be allowed to purchase historic pieces that belong in museums. These pieces provide historical significance to the population as well as to the historical community. When these pieces belong to collectors, members of the general population are denied the opportunity to learn about the significance of each and how they fit into their concept of history. Moreover, the collectors may not have the tools necessary to maintain the historical pieces. The pieces could then decay and not remain in quality condition.