Hopi masks in Paris
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Paris judge to rule on masks auction

A native American tribe and its supporters, including actor Robert Redford, hope a Paris judge will stop an auction of sacred masks, which they say would be a "sacrilege".

A Paris judge is due to rule on whether to allow a controversial auction of masks originating from a native American tribe in Arizona.

The Hopi tribe and its supporters, including the actor Robert Redford, say the sale would amount to sacrilege.

The tribe says the 70 masks are blessed with divine spirits and have been stolen from them.

Auctioneers, however, say the masks had been bought and sold in the past and were legally acquired.

Laura Westbrook reports.

  • 12 Apr
  • From the section Europe