Stolen Nigerian Artefacts Sold For $240,000 By Christie’s Despite Opposition

The sale of two sculptures belonging to the Igbo community went ahead yesterday during an auction in Paris despite notice given ahead that the sculptures were part of items looted during the Nigerian Civil war in the late 1960s.

A prominent art historian had called on the renowned auction house, Christie’s, to cancel the sale.

Prof Chika Okeke-Agulu told the BBC the two objects were “looted” from shrines during the civil war in the late 1960s.

The items were sold for just under $240,000 (£195,000) in Paris.

Christie’s rejected the claim that the sculptures were stolen, saying the Monday sale was perfectly legal.