Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Mexico Claims Bonhams Artefacts are 'Fake'

They've tried this one before....
Mexico says that Bonhams should stop the sale, because half of the artifacts and the others are national heritage pieces. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History disclosed on Tursday that 50 percent of the supposedly pre-Hispanic Mexican artifacts which are to be auctioned this week by British Auction House Bonhams in New York are fake. The institute released a statement saying that Bonhams should stop the sale, because the other half are national heritage pieces and according to a 1972 law, Mexico prohibits the sale and purchase of archaeological pieces. The document details that the fake pieces, apparently made with red volcanic rock, have cracks showing that they have been recently manufactured with a paste which imitates the texture and color of real artifacts.
Bonhams caught out by fake artefacts? How likely is that? :-)

'Bonhams to Auction Fake Archeological Artifacts', Telesur 11th November 2014.

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