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Sacred native American tribal masks sold at Paris auction

A mask from a native American tribe in Arizona has fetched 190,000 euros (£162,000) at auction in Paris - four times the pre-sale estimate - after a legal challenge to stop the sale failed.

Lawyers for the Hopi tribe had asked for the auction of 70 masks to be cancelled on the grounds that they must have been stolen. The Hopi consider them sacred and blessed with divine spirits.

But auctioneers insisted the masks had been bought and sold in the past and were legally acquired.

Christian Fraser reports from Paris.

  • 12 Apr 2013
  • From the section Europe
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