(RFI) Mexico has asked France to withdraw 130 Mexican art works, 51 of them pre-Colombian, from an auction at Sotheby’s Paris this weekend. Peru had already demanded that some of the pieces be handed over.

Auctions like this “strip these unique and priceless goods of their cultural, historic and symbolic essence, turning them into merchandise or mere novelties,” Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said.

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