Right across the street from the Louvre museum in Paris one finds the prestigious shopping centre Le Louvre des Antiquaires. The 250 galleries in this centre are reserved for galleries selling quality art and antiques. It has always been a pleasure to stroll down the aisles and enjoy all the beautiful objects for sale here. However, last week the experience was quite different. The financial crisis has clearly had a severe effect on this kind of business. There were almost no visitors and about half of the gallery spaces were empty. It will not be trivial to rebuilt that business.