Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller and Marcelo Ebrard join rejection by auction of archaeological pieces Beatriz Gutierrez Muller and the Foreign Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, joined the expressions of rejection by the sale of archaeological pieces through an auction scheduled in Paris this Friday, and which belong to the national heritage.
Through Twitter, the writer and president of the Honorary Council of Historical and Cultural Memory of Mexico, expressed her complete rejection of the sale of pieces, she said, illegally stolen.
We join the protest of the Government of Mexico against the next auction of 30 pieces, this Friday, in Paris. We do not want our illegally stolen heritage to be sold. pic.twitter.com/MrxOhk85Pe
– Beatriz Gutierrez Müller (@BeatrizGMuller) January 27, 2022
The foregoing after the Federal Government, as well as the Ministry of Culture alert and manifest against the sale of said pieces.
We appeal to ethics and respect among peoples to stop this auction. https://t.co/6DEwWRUGlH
– Government of Mexico (@GobiernoMX) January 27, 2022
For his part, the Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, indicated that the Mexican government is working to prevent the sale of the country’s artistic and cultural heritage. He also stressed that within the work more than 5 thousand pieces have already been recovered.
We fight in all spaces to prevent the sale of artistic and cultural heritage of Mexico. More than 5,000 pieces have already been recovered. We continue, he who perseveres achieves. https://t.co/loQIplL7SB
– Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) January 27, 2022
Ministry of Culture rejects auction
With the intention of stopping as on other occasions, Alejandra Frausto, Secretary of Culture, published a letter that he sent to the Million Society in which he expressed his disapproval and rejection of the “Carnets de Voyage – Opening Season Sale” auction, which “includes 34 pieces included in 32 lots announced as being of Mesoamerican origin, of which 30 are archaeological assets that are part of the cultural heritage of Mexico”; however, it did not detail who determined the authenticity of the pieces attributed to cultures that inhabited the current Mexican territory.
In her letter, the official said that “she appeals to ethics and respect for cultural heritage and calls on the Société Millon to stop the auction, taking into consideration the historical, symbolic and cultural values of said assets, superior to any interest commercial. In the case of Mexico, these pieces represent an invaluable legacy of our ancestral cultures.”
Frausto also notified the French company that “the corresponding legal proceedings have been initiated before the French authorities on the pieces in question, through official diplomatic and legal channels, with the aim of protecting the cultural heritage of our country”, although It did not specify when the legal action began.
The @cultura_mx manifests itself against the auction of 30 archaeological pieces that belong to the heritage of Mexico, scheduled for January 28 by @MILLON_Auctions, in Paris France #MiPatrimonioNoSeVende pic.twitter.com/C7jc5elzHs
— Alejandra Frausto (@alefrausto) January 27, 2022