Hopi masks in Paris
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Paris judge to rule on auction of Arizona sacred masks

12 April 2013 Last updated at 09:36 BST

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.