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Widerstand gegen den Verkauf einer Statue aus dem AR
Britisches Museum starte Auktion bei Christie's
Von Iufaa am 07.07.2014 um 13:36:51 

Verschiedene Quellen im Netz, darunter Ahram Online, melden, dass das britische Museum von Northampton Ende der Woche einige Objekte bei Christie's versteigern lassen will, darunter die aus der 5. Dynastie stammende Statue des Schreibers Sekhemka. Die 75 cm hohe und rund 30 cm breite Sitzstatue aus Kalkstein zeigt Sekhemka und, zu seinen Beinen sitzend, seine Gemahlin.

Der neue Minister für Antikenangelegenheiten (MfA), Mamdouh El-Damati, har die ägyptische Botschaft in London gebeten, gegen den Verkauf aus ethischen Gründen Protest einzuschreiten.

Das Museum hat nach Vorschlägen von Beratern (in 2012) entschieden, die Statue des Sekhemka zu verkaufen und den Erlös in anderen Museumsprojekte zu investieren. Es handelt sich bei der Aktion den Museums wohlgemerkt nicht um den Verkauf eines illegal erworbenen Objektes - das Museum hat die Statue im 19. Jhd. als Geschenk des Sultans des Osmanischen Reiches erhalten, seit 1849 ist sie Bestandteil der Ausstellung.

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Lutz09.07.2014 um 12:47:23
"Egyptian Government threatens legal action to stop the sale of Sekhemka"
(Heritage Daily – Heritage & Archaeology News, July 8th, 2014)

Zitat:
Egyptian Antiquities Minister, Mamdouh El-Damati, has asked the Egyptian Embassy, located in London, to take legal action to prevent the sale of the Sekhemka Statue currently residing in Northampton Museum.

Gruß, Lutz.

Iufaa09.07.2014 um 18:25:39
Das Museum und Christie's bestehen weiterhin auf dem Verkauf der Statue und behaupten, sie hätten das MfA frühzeitig von ihren Plänen informiert -> http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/105829/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Northampton-and-Christie%E2%80%99s-insist-on-Sekhemka-sale.aspx

Lutz10.07.2014 um 22:50:32
Via EEF-News (831) vom 10.07.2014 ...

"International Council of Museums' Committee for Egyptology expresses concern over sale of Sekhemka"

"Christie's : The Exceptional Sale - The Northampton Sekhemka - London, 10th July 2014, Evening Sale"

Gruß, Lutz.

Lutz11.07.2014 um 11:21:47
"Northampton's £2m Egyptian Sekhemka statue in legal row" (BBC-News, 23.05.2014)

Zitat:
"... The statue of Sekhemka was gifted to Northampton's museums by the fourth Marquis of Northampton in about 1880. ... The sale has been challenged by Lord Northampton, a descendant of the marquis, who says the council does not have the right to sell Sekhemka. ... Lord Northampton, the seventh Marquis of Northampton, has now joined the argument, saying: "I am taking legal advice about whether NBC [Northampton Borough Council] has the right to sell any or all of the collection which my ancestor gifted to the museum." ...


"The Exceptional Sale 2014 - Christie`s, London, King Street, 10 July 2014"

Zitat:
"The Exceptional Sale evening auction realised £31,048,500 / $53,186,081/ €38,934,819, marking the highest total for any various-owner sale of classical decorative arts and breaking the previous record established by Christie’s Exceptional Sale in 2011 at £28.7 million. The top price was paid for Sekhemka, an exceptional Egyptian painted limestone statue dating to the Old Kingdom, Late Dynasty 5, circa 2400–2300 B.C., probably from Saqqara in Lower Egypt, which realised £15,762,500 / $27,001,163 / €19,766,175 (estimate: £4,000,000 - 6,000,000) setting a world record price at auction for an ancient Egyptian work of art. ..."


"Crisis at Christie’s : The Sale of the Statue of Sekhemka and its Implications on Cultural Heritage" (Thomas Greiner, 10.07.2014)

"BBC News : Egyptian statue sells for nearly £16m" (Video mit Stellungnahme des Ägyptischen Botschafters in Großbritannien)

Gruß, Lutz.

Lutz12.08.2014 um 23:17:01
"Sekhemka Statue : Northampton Museum Loses Art Council Accreditation" (BBC - News, 1 August 2014)

Zitat:
"Two museums have lost their accreditation status after the controversial sale of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue to a private collector.

Northampton Borough Council sold the Sekhemka limestone statue for nearly £16m at auction to help fund an extension to the town's museum. Arts Council England ruled the sale breached the accredited standards for how museums manage their collections. The council is now ineligible for a range of arts grants and funding. ..."

Gruß, Lutz.

Lutz01.10.2014 um 17:23:28
"MA Bars Northampton Museums Service For A Minimum Of Five Years" (Geraldine Kendall, 01.10.2014)

Council ruled to have breached code of ethics over Sekhemka sale

Zitat:
"The Museums Association (MA) has barred Northampton Museums Service from membership for at least five years following a disciplinary hearing of the MA ethics committee today. The disciplinary panel ruled that the service, which is run by Northampton Borough Council, had breached the MA’s code of ethics by selling the ancient Egyptian statue Sekhemka from the collection of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. ..."

The MA’s statement on Northampton in full (PDF)

Gruß, Lutz.



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