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May 1 2013

Egypt challenges a UK auctioneer over 200 'stolen' antiquities


Egypt notified the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) on Wednesday that a collection of more than 200 allegedly "stolen" Egyptian antiquities are on auction at London's privately-owned Bonhams.

It appears the Interpol is in contact with relevant authorities in the United Kingdom (UK). The Repatriation of Antiquities Department (RAD) at Egypt's Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) is also following the issue with the Interpol officials.

On the other hand, Bonhams strongly believes the objects on auction have not been stolen from Egypt. "We are satisfied with the provenance of the Egyptian art on sale, Julian Roup, Bonhams' director of press and marketing, told Ahram Online.

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