Judge approves auction of sacred Hopi masks

2013-12-07 22:21

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Paris - A judge has ruled that the controversial sale of 32 Native American Hopi masks can go ahead next week.

The Hopi tribe had taken a Paris auction house to court on Tuesday to try to block the sale, arguing that they are "bitterly opposed" to the use as commercial art of sacred masks that represent their ancestor's spirits.

The "Katsinam" masks are scheduled for sale at the Drouot auction house on 9 December and 11 December, alongside an altar from the Zuni tribe that used to belong to late Hollywood star Vincent Price, and other Native American frescoes and dolls.

In April, a Paris court ruled that such sales are legal, and Drouot sold off around 70 Hopi masks despite vocal protests and criticism from actor Robert Redford and the US government.

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