Pakistan claim stops Christie’s auction of Buddha

19 Sep 2011 8:19 AM | Anonymous

Pakistan claim stops Christie’s auction of Buddha
By Jamal Shahid  From the Newspaper
Pakistan has claimed a fasting Buddha statue put up for auction by Christie with a starting price of $4.45 million and wants it back.

Dawn has learnt that at UNESCO’s intervention, the world famous fine arts auction house has stopped the planned auction and has asked the Pakistani authorities to prove their claim. Sources in the Capital Administration Development Division (CADD) a sharp-eyed UNESCO official in Paris raised alarm after seeing a Christie advertisement about the auction.

The advertisement described the grey schist figure of the emaciated Siddhartha, or ‘Fasting Buddha’, as the most fascinating
3rd/4th century Gandhara piece in Christie’s entire collection. It came to the auctioneer from a private collector who
acquired it in Germany back in 1981.

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