Bonhams' Egyptian artefacts auction could be halted

Egypt's minister of antiquities, Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, is attempting to halt Bonhams' sale of around 165 ancient artefacts from the country on October 22 in London.

Egyptian Bes Amulet
Egypt's precious artefacts are at risk as looting continues during its political revolution

The minister is reported to have notified Interpol and the auction house, and is requesting that Bonhams provides documents to prove that the items were legally exported. The auction house has not yet commented.

Egypt's museums and institutions have suffered greatly in the recent revolution, with the Malawi National Museum reported to have had many of its artefacts looted during protests. UNESCO has placed all the items on its red list in an attempt to stop them from being sold.

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