Ancient Egyptian statue sells for £16 million

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Ancient Egyptian statue sells for £16 million

Bericht door Nofret » ma 14 jul 2014, 23:10

Ancient Egyptian statue sells for £16 million in UK despite outcry
The statue had previously been on display at Northampton Museum in the UK

Amer Sultan in London, Friday 11 Jul 2014

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The limestone statue of Egyptian scribe Sekhemka

A 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue has been sold for just over £15 million at an auction at Christie’s in London, despite the Egyptian government’s outcry and strong criticism inside the UK.

The sculpture, which depicts Sekhemka, inspector of royal scribes, is being sold by Northampton Borough Council. It was originally acquired by the 2nd Marquess of Northampton during his travels in Egypt in 1849-50 and was given to Northampton Museum either by the 3rd or 4th Marquess of Northampton prior to 1880.

The auction was interrupted by some Egyptians who were trying to stop the controversial sale. During the bidding, the group started shouting inside the auction room.

“You are selling antiquities stolen from Egypt! You will not be allowed to go with it!” shouted one.

Northampton Borough Council, which claims absolute ownership of the statue, plans to use the money to help fund a £14 million extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

However, Arts Council England has warned that if the sale goes through, the museum could lose its accreditation status.

Ashraf El-Kholy, Egypt' s ambassador to the UK, has pledged to challenge the sale which he described as "illegal". "Today's sale is not the end of it," he told Ahram Online.

According to the inscription on the statue’s base, it depicts a man who was inspector of the scribes of the royal court.

Christie’s London’s Director and Head of Antiquities Georgiana Aitken said that Sekhemka ranks as the most important Egyptian sculpture ever to come to market.

"Christie’s is honoured to present it," she added.

Renowned comic book writer Alan Moore has commented that the sale "could only be catastrophic."

He was quoted as saying that the planned sale is "undercutting one of the fundamental principles by which museums acquire artefacts in their collections.”

Moore, from Northampton, added: “I have donated things to the museum. But I would not be able to do that again in the knowledge that at some point in the future that gifts, made in good faith, could be sold off by a council."

Some reports say by putting the invaluable statue on sale, Northampton Borough Council violated the terms of gifting agreement between the Marquess of Northampton and Northampton Museum.

Christie’s and the council insist the sale is legal.
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Bericht door Nofret » ma 14 jul 2014, 23:16

Echt schandalig dat een Museum zo'n stuk verkoopt *22 Vraag me af wie het gekocht heeft, dat staat er helaas niet bij, in ieder geval zal het voor een ander Museum te duur zijn geweest. Zal wel door een of andere sjeik zijn gekocht, hopelijk dan voor een Museum daar dan, in Dubai of zo, dan is het beeld tenminste nog wel te zien voor veel mensen !!
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Bericht door scarabee » di 15 jul 2014, 19:27

Ja zoals gezegd: je schenkt iets, en dan gaan ze het een tijd later doodleuk verkopen!! *14
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Bericht door Anna » wo 16 jul 2014, 10:25

Ik vind dit absoluut niet kunnen! Als museum heb je zo'n object a.h.w. in publiek beheer. Nu het is verkocht, is het voor het publiek niet meer toegankelijk. Dan verzaak je je plicht.

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Bericht door Nofret » wo 16 jul 2014, 11:25

Er is dan ook een hele heisa om geweest, werd gebombardeerd met artikelen erover en ze kwamen uit de hele wereld. In Egypte zelf waren/zijn ze er woedend over, logisch !! *16 *17
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Bericht door Nofret » wo 06 aug 2014, 19:58

UK Statue Sellers Stripped of Accreditation:

04/08/2014

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The Northampton museum that caused uproar for selling off a 4,000 year old Ancient Egyptian relic has been officially denounced by the UK Arts Council.



The Northampton Borough Council in England has been officially stripped of its Art Council accreditation after the controversial and widely maligned sale of the 4,000 year old ancient Egyptian Sekhemka limestone statue. The council sold the thought to be priceless artifact for around £16 million through world-famous auction house Christie’s of London. The sale went through despite widespread outrage, including multiple petitions and the protests of the Egyptian ambassador Ashraf Elkholy. Elkholy called the sale "an abuse to the Egyptian archaeology."

Due to losing their accreditation, the council will now be ineligible to receive a variety of grants and funding from the Arts Council. Arts council spokesperson Scott Furlong said:"It is always hugely regrettable when we have to exclude a museum from the Accreditation Scheme. However, it is equally important that we are robust in upholding the standards and principles which underpin the scheme and are shared by the vast majority of museums." Northampton Borough Council will be unable to re-apply for accreditation for five years. Northampton Borough Council leader David Mackintosh called the loss of accreditation “disappointing” and “puzzling” and they are apparently considering appealing the decision.

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Bericht door Anna » do 07 aug 2014, 11:00

Goed zo!

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Bericht door Horus » vr 08 aug 2014, 18:06

Ik vind het ook niet kunnen dat een museum zoiets verkoopt.
Maar er moet wel even gezegd worden hoe prachtig dit beeld is. <egypt>
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Bericht door Anna » za 09 aug 2014, 17:33

Horus schreef:Maar er moet wel even gezegd worden hoe prachtig dit beeld is.


Dat maakt het nog erger!

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Bericht door Thoetmosis XII » za 09 aug 2014, 21:44

Dat maakt het nog erger!
Niet altijd hoor, want het piepkleine ivoren beeldje van Cheops stelt esthetisch gezien geen moer voor, maar de historische waarde ervan is immens <egypt>
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