Mexican Government Orders Sotheby’s to Cancel Pre-Columbian Auction

From the Barbier-Mueller Collection. (Courtesy Sotheby's)

From the Barbier-Mueller Collection. (Courtesy Sotheby’s)

The Mexican government has demanded that Sotheby’s in Paris cancel an auction of Pre-Columbian Mexican artifacts that is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, claiming “they are protected national historical pieces,” according to the Associated Press.

More, from the AP:

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

“It also implied that some of the artifacts offered in what is known as the 300-piece Barbier-Mueller Collection of Pre-Colombian Art are fakes or imitations.

“‘Of the 130 objects advertised as being from Mexico, 51 are archaeological artifacts that are (Mexican) national property, and the rest are handicrafts,’ the institute said in a statement.”