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The Egyptian government has denounced Northampton Borough Council for its plans to sell an archaic Egyptian statue at Christie's this Thursday.
The Museums Association is also warning that they may have to cancel Northampton's membership if the sale goes ahead.
But the council insist the statue will be sold, and say it will pay for a much needed expansion of the town's museum.
Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper