MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government is asking a French auction house to halt the planned sale of a collection of about 120 pre-Hispanic artifacts, saying some are fakes and others should be returned to Mexico.
The relics are being offered by the French auction house Millon at a sale scheduled for Wednesday in Paris.
The auction house did not respond to a request for comment.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said 95 of the mainly stone and clay statuettes appear to be from Mexican cultures. The departments said “it is worth noting that a certain number of the items listed in the catalogue could be recently created imitations.”
A French couple, Manichak and Jean Aurance, started the collection in the 1960s.
Mexico passed a law in 1972 prohibiting the export of such artifacts.
The Associated Press