It has been confirmed that a British auction company has auctioned out two wooden seized statues stolen from Nigeria during war, KimTrendNaija reports.
Christie’s, auctioned out two life-sized wooden statues with Nigerian roots for N85.6 million on Monday.
The statues, labelled “A Couple of Igbo Figures Attributed to The Akwa Master“, were sold to an online bidder on Monday.
Despite controversial circumstances surrounding how the company gained possession of the statues.
A Professor of African and American Diaspora Art, Chika Okeke-Agulu, had launched a campaign over the pass few weeks.
Which he planned to stop the sale of the statues; Igbo Alusi figures but his efforts was in vain.
He had argued that the statues were two out of dozens of local artifacts stolen from Nigeria where they were made.
While the Igbo natives of the region were locked in a deadly civil war with the Nigerian government between 1967 and 1970.
“These artworks are stained with the blood of Biafra’s children,”
Okeke-Agulu wrote in an Instagram post on June 6.
However the company said it doesn’t believe the statues were acquired illegally by Jacques Kerchache.