YEMEN Press Agency

Four stolen Yemeni antiquities to be auctioned off in France

SANAA, May 26 (YPA) – A Yemeni activist and researcher specialized in tracing looted and stolen Yemeni antiquities, Abdullah Mohsen, has revealed that a rare Yemeni artifact will be offered for sale in an international auction abroad.

Mohsen, said that four Yemeni artifacts will be sold in “Lyon & Turnbull Auction House”,  in the French city of Lyon, on May 31.

He pointed out that among the artifacts, there is a commemorative plaque of carved alabaster, a symbolic figure of baked clay painted “terracotta”, and a distinctive bronze ibex from the middle of the first millennium BC, made of cast bronze.

The smuggling and sale of rare Yemeni artifacts continues in European and American auctions, amid accusations by the government loyal to Saudi-led coalition’s officials of being behind the smuggling operations.