**Updated** Four years after donation, Annie Leibovitz photographs remain in storage

**Updated at 10:25 a.m.**

An art lawyer says an independent federal board made a mistake when it refused to certify a multimillion-dollar collection of photographs by famed U.S. artist Annie Leibovitz.

Aaron Milrad says the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board should have deemed the collection as cultural property of outstanding significance.

The failure to do so has meant the iconic photographs have been sitting in storage four years after they were donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The photos include a naked and pregnant Demi Moore, and Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the Blues Brothers.

Milrad says the board could have been more generous in understanding the importance of the artwork and the value of making it available for students to study.

He says it was a coup for a small Canadian venue to obtain a collection of this magnitude.

Gallery director Nancy Noble says the board has repeatedly refused to certify the bulk of the Leibovitz photos.

The Canadian Heritage Department says the board's role is limited to certifying cultural property as being of outstanding significance and national importance.