Tribal masks fetch $942, 920 in controversial French sale
PARIS (AFP) - A Paris auction of sacred masks from the Hopi and San Carlos Apache Native American tribes fetched more than 550,000 euros (S$942, 920) on Monday, defying protests from the United States (US) and activists.
The US embassy had asked for the suspension of the sale of colourful ceremonial masks and head-dresses after the failure on Friday of a legal challenge by advocacy group Survival International on behalf of Arizona's Hopi tribe.
Some 24 "Kachina" masks - which are worn by dancers during religious ceremonies and considered living beings by the up to 18,000-strong Hopi - were sold for 520,375 euros, said the EVE auction house that organised the auction.
Three San Carlos Apache masks were also sold for 30,000 euros.