Traffic map
Article updated: 3/21/2013 7:26 AM

Mexico demands Sotheby's halt auction of artifacts

  • Article
text size: AAA
By Associated Press

Mexico City -- The Mexican government is demanding that the Sotheby's auction house halt the planned sale of 51 pre-Colombian Mexican artifacts, arguing they are protected national historical pieces.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History says Mexico has sent a diplomatic note to the French government seeking assistance in heading off the sale scheduled in Paris for Friday and Saturday.

Advertisement

A description of the pieces listed on the French website of Sotheby's describes the collection as containing sculptures from Mexican and other pre-Hispanic cultures.

Sotheby's did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A statement issued by the Mexican institute Wednesday says it objects to "the international trade in protected cultural objects" and says the pieces are "property of the nation."

Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.

This article filed under

Business Video
Area Business Calendar

BusinessDirectory

Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:

Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.

MostViewed

Today
Yesterday
Most Commented
Top Jobs

    View all Top Jobs Place a job ad

    DHExtras

       
    • Newspaper next section - Newspaper next section Report card checker - report card checker
    • Dh innovation award 2 - Dh innovation award 2 Zillow /real estate page
    • Discuss refer On Guard series
    • Newspaper archives -- Monday or anyday Mike North

    FacebookActivity