British auction company, Christie’s has sold two life-sized wooden statues with Nigerian roots for $238,000 equivalencies N85.6 million in an online auction on Monday.
The statues, labelled “A Couple of Igbo Figures Attributed to The Akwa Master“, were sold to an online bidder on Monday despite controversy surrounding how the company gained possession of them.
A Professor of African and American Diaspora Art, Chika Okeke-Agulu, had launched a campaign over to stop the sale of the statues; Igbo Alusi figures.
He stated that the statues were two out of dozens of local artifacts stolen from the southeast region where they were made while the Igbo natives of the region were locked during the civil war between 1967 and 1970.
“These artworks are stained with the blood of Biafra’s children,” Chika Okeke-Agulu wrote in an Instagram post before the statues were sold off.
However, Christie’s argued that the statues were not acquired illegally by Jacques Kerchache, the French collector that owned them.
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