Enow Songeh
on June 27, 2020
Nigeria challenges Christie's over 'looted' treasures . The artifacts featured in auction house Christie's collection "Arts of Africa, Oceania and North America" are scheduled to go under the hammer in Paris Monday, with the most valuable expected to raise up to $1 million.
Critics claim the collection includes artworks that were looted during Nigeria's civil war, as well as other pieces that were taken earlier under British colonial rule. Christie's deny that any items in the sale were acquired illegitimately. Controversy has centered around Lot 47 -- a pair of sculptures representing Alusi, deities of the Igbo people, one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria. The sculptures are expected to raise more than $280,000.
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