Tribal Mask Sale

April 13, 2013 by  

Tribal Mask Sale, Protesters have repeatedly disrupted an auction of dozens of Native American tribal masks after a Paris court authorized the sale to go ahead despite an appeal for a delay by the Hopi tribe and the U.S. government.

The Drouot auction house says that of the 70 masks up for sale, one was bought by an association to give back to the Hopis.

The most expensive up for auction, the “Mother Crow” mask, sold for 160,000 euros ($209,000), more than three times the pre-sale estimate.

The Hopi tribe says the masks are not art and represent their dead ancestors’ spirits.

As the “Mother Crow” mask sold Friday, a protester shouted “these are sacred beings!”

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