Mexico tries to paralyze a pre-Columbian art auction tomorrow in France

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The Mexican government announced Tuesday that it has submitted a complaint in France For try paralyze the sale on Wednesday in Paris a collection of pre-Columbian art, of which it is believed that 95% of pieces come from the Mexican cultural heritage.

The Mexican ambassador to France, Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, said at a press conference that the lawsuit was filed last week by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the competent authority on the matter, before the Gala Attorney General.

With that step they seek to request that verify yes the Interpol you have registered some of those goods as stolen, That stop the sale and, within the framework of a bilateral treaty on legal assistance in criminal matters, that France apply at the request of Mexico to Mexican law in this case.

The auction is organized by the Millon house and includes 122 pieces, partly owned by the marriage of collectors Manichak and Jean Aurance, and has masks and figures whose estimated price rises in some cases to 80,000 euros.

The ambassador stressed that the expert opinion carried out on the pieces announced in the catalog determined that the 95% comes from the Mexican cultural heritage, while there are others attributed to Colombia or Guatemala.

Mexico, according to Gómez-Robledo, "acts as guardian of the heritage of civilizations formerly established in the current Mexican territory," and although he has asked Millon to cancel his sale "as a first step for the restitution of the pieces to Mexico», Says he has not received an answer.

The Mexican authorities added that they have also invited France to sign the Council of Europe convention on infringements that affect cultural property, which Mexico ratified last year.

The Mexican representative in France said that the trade in these types of works "creates the conditions conducive to the pillage worsening of those pieces by organized crime and stimulates counterfeiting by banalizing goods of invaluable value to indigenous peoples ».

In fact, some pieces of the auction, he warned, could be fakes «Of recent manufacture».

Mexico is confident that the French Government will act, mainly due to the policy change expressed by the president, Emmanuel Macron, in November 2017 in a speech at the University of Ouagadougou, where he said he could not accept "that much of the cultural heritage several African countries are in France».

«There are common elements. We hope that there is a better cooperation as of now", Said the ambassador, who advanced that if they fail to stop the auction they will continue to seek" the cooperation of France through all bilateral and international mechanisms within reach ".

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