Controversial Sale of Museum's 4,500-year-old Egyptian Statue Set to Raise Millions at Auction

Culture 24
July 2, 2014

The controversial sale of a 4,500-year-old Egyptian statue, set to proceed at a Christie’s auction next week which could raise up to £6 million, will put Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s future loans and fundraising prospects in jeopardy, the Museums Association has warned.

Under the terms of the Arts Council’s Accreditation status, which allows the museum to exchange items with fellow venues and apply for grants and funding, members are banned from selling items unless they have no other options.

Speaking ahead of a public consultation in late 2012, Councillor Brandon Eldred, of Northampton Borough Council, said leaders would use the proceeds from Sekhemka to bring “the very best of our heritage” to a wider audience.

“The statue of Sekhemka is a valuable asset and we do appreciate its significance as an artefact,” he insisted.

“But we have decided to sell it and reinvest the money back into developing Northampton Museum and other parts of our cultural heritage.

“Every penny raised will go into projects that help to tell the story of our town’s history.”

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