Oct 03, 2014
By Michael Kramer
There’ll be no auction after-all, of ancient Egyptian artifacts, in St. Louis.
An archaeological society there, won’t sell off the rare items – because the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York stepped-in and purchased the whole collection.
The Treasure of Harageh collection consists of 37 items.
There are vases and flasks and jewelry – inlaid with lapis lazuli.
The collection dates to around 1900 B.C. and had been owned for the past 100 years by the non-profit St. Louis Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.
American and British historians condemned the proposed auction – because they feared the loss of a valuable cultural resource to the private marketplace.
British auction house Bonhams withdrew the treasure Thursday – and announced the new deal today.