As Protesters Jeer, Hopi Masks Sell in Paris Following French Court Ruling

15 Apr 2013 9:31 AM | Anonymous

As Protesters Jeer, Hopi Masks Sell in Paris Following French Court Ruling
Thomas Adamson

The Associated Press

04-15-2013

 

In a chaotic auction repeatedly interrupted by protests, dozens of Native American tribal masks were sold Friday after a French court ignored the objections of the Hopi tribe and the U.S. government.

The total tally was 931,000 euros ($1.2 million), with the most expensive, the "Mother Crow," selling for 160,000 euros ($209,000) -- more than three times the pre-sale estimate.

Of the 70 masks up for sale, one was bought by an association to give back to the Hopis, the Drouot auction house said.

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