Christie’s, a British based auction company has incurred the wrath of Nigerians for selling statues stolen from the Igbo people of Nigeria during the civil war era.
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According to an online media report, professor Chika Okeke-Agulu of African and American Diaspora Art strongly objected to the selling of the statues as it belonged to the Igbo people and had strong connections to the people. Regardless of the effort he put in, the statues which were illegally acquired by a French collector was sold to an online for a whooping N85.6 million on Monday.
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He gave a brief history of the statues “A Couple of Igbo Figures Attributed to The Akwa Master“ saying in 1967 and 1970, they were two out of the many specially made artifacts stolen from the Igbo indigenes when they left their homes to fight with the then Nigerian government.
Further reports state that the British auctioneer disproves the statues were stolen.
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