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NEWS: Northampton’s £2m Egyptian Sekhemka statue to be sold

The statue of the Old Kingdom official, Sekhemka (Source: BBC News).

The statue of the Old Kingdom official, Sekhemka (Source: BBC News).

“A 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue will be sold by Northampton’s museums service, a council has decided.

The statue of Sekhemka, owned by Conservative-run Northampton Borough Council, dates from 2400 BC.

Some local people opposed the sale, claiming it could lead to the council being discredited by the Museums Association.

After a public consultation, the council said any sale money would be re-invested in other heritage services.

The council said 173 people took part in the consultation and 71% wanted the money reinvested in the town’s museum and art gallery” – via BBC News.

Read more here.

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