Colombia says 25 pre-Columbian pieces to be auctioned in Germany are cultural heritage

The pieces, some of them more than 2,000 years old, are on sale at the Gerhard Hirsch auction house and come, according to the diplomats, from seven Latin American countries, which tried to prevent the sale from taking place.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Colombian Government assured that 25 of the more than 320 pre-Columbian art objects are expected to be sold at the Gerhard Hirsch auction house in the German city of Munich are theirs, the reason why it asked for the auction to be stopped.

The Chancellery detailed in a statement that the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH) determined that "25 pieces of the auction are part of the Colombian archaeological heritage and, therefore, are subject to the special protection regime provided by the legal system" of the Andean country.

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