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Native American masks sold in Paris to be returned to tribes

A US foundation has revealed it was the mystery buyer of sacred Native American objects auctioned off Monday in Paris under a cloud of controversy, and will return them to the tribes that claim them. The Annenberg Foundation announced it had bought 21 Hopi masks -- which are worn by dancers during religious ceremonies and considered as living beings -- and three San Carlos Apache objects for $530,000 (390,000 euros) "for the sole purpose of returning them to their rightful owner."

Hopi Indian sacred objects sold in Paris auction despite protests

PARIS (Reuters) - French auctioneers sold a trove of Hopi Native American artifacts on Monday over the objections of the Arizona tribe, which considers them sacred, and a last-minute appeal from the United States. The sale of about three dozen masks dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries followed a judge's dismissal of a legal challenge last week brought on behalf of the tribe to cancel the sale by the Eve auction house in Paris.

Controversial French sale of tribal masks to go ahead

A Paris auction of sacred objects from the Hopi and San Carlos Apache Native American tribes will go ahead Monday despite objections from the United States and activists, auctioneers EVE said. The US embassy had asked Paris to suspend the sale of the colourful ceremonial masks, head-dresses and other objects after the failure Friday of a legal challenge by advocacy group Survival International on behalf of Arizona's Hopi tribe.

Ceremonial mask returned to Arizona's Hopi tribe

Tribal rights organisation Survival has returned a ceremonial mask to Arizona's Hopi tribe after it was sold at auction in Paris, the group said on Monday. The artefact was one of around 70 of the brightly coloured "Kachina" visages and headdresses auctioned for more than 900,000 euros ($1.2 million) in April after a legal challenge failed. Opponents of the sale included US actor Robert Redford. Survival said the mask was handed over to Hopi leaders by representatives of the group and lawyer Pierre Servan-Schreiber without giving further details.

Ceremonial mask returned to Arizona's Hopi tribe

Tribal rights organisation Survival has returned a ceremonial mask to Arizona's Hopi tribe after it was sold at auction in Paris, the group said on Monday. The artefact was one of around 70 of the brightly coloured "Kachina" visages and headdresses auctioned for more than 900,000 euros ($1.2 million) in April after a legal challenge failed. Opponents of the sale included US actor Robert Redford. Surival said the mask was handed over to Hopi leaders by representatives of the group and lawyer Pierre Servan-Schreiber without giving further details.

Sacred Hopi masks auctioned in Paris after legal bid fails

Some 70 ceremonial masks originating from Arizona's Hopi tribe were sold for more than 900,000 euros ($1.2 million) on Friday after a legal challenge failed to prevent an auction decried by opponents as "sacrilege". The sale of the brightly coloured "Kachina" visages and headdresses by the Neret-Minet auction house took place only hours after a court rejected a request for an injunction from representatives of the Native American tribe, who say the objects are sacred and should be returned to them.

Efforts fail to stop Paris auction of sacred Hopi masks

An auction of ceremonial masks originating from Arizona's Hopi tribe took place in Paris on Friday only a few hours after a court allowed a sale that opponents said amounted to "sacrilege". Some 70 brightly coloured "Kachina" visages and headdresses were put on sale by the Neret-Minet auction house, with an estimated total value of between 600,000 and 800,000 euros (between $780,000 and $1 million).

Paris auction of sacred Hopi masks begins after ruling

An auction of ceremonial masks originating from Arizona's Hopi tribe began in Paris on Friday only a few hours after a court allowed the sale despite opponents saying it amounted to "sacrilege". Some 70 brightly coloured "Kachina" visages and headdresses were put on sale by the Neret-Minet auction house, with an estimated total value of between 600,000 euros and 800,000 euros (between $780,000 and $1 million).

Robert Redford condemns tribal mask sale as 'sacrilege'

The controversial auction of 70 ceremonial masks originating from the Hopi tribe of Arizona, due on Friday, has drawn condemnation from the US as well as actor Robert Redford who called the proposed sale "sacrilege". In a letter of support, the Hollywood star condemned the looming auction in Paris and warned of "grave moral consequences" if it went ahead. The masks -- described by French auction house Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou as kachina visages -- are due to go under the hammer on Friday.

Robert Redford condemns tribal mask sale as 'sacrilege'

Hollywood actor and director Robert Redford on Thursday weighed into a row about plans to auction off 70 ceremonial masks originating from the Hopi tribe of Arizona, calling the proposed sale "sacrilege". In a letter of support, Redford condemned the looming auction in Paris and warned of "grave moral consequences" if it went ahead. The masks -- described by French auction house Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou as kachina visages -- are due to go under the hammer on Friday.
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