Egyptian statue gifted to Northampton sells for £16m

An ancient Egyptian statue that was gifted to the town of Northampton in 1880 was sold last night at auction in London for nearly £16million.

Sale of statue prompts massive row

The auction of a small Egyptian statue has prompted a massive row in Northampton over its multi million pound sale. The Sekhemka limestone stands just 30 inches high and last night it sold for nearly £16 million - it was only expected to raise £6 million.

The Egyptian ambassador to Britain says if Northampton Museum didn't want it they should have handed it back to his country. Olivia Paterson reports....

Northampton Council sells statue for almost £16m

The Sekhemka statue.
The Sekhemka statue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An ancient Egyptian statue that was gifted to the town of Northampton in 1880 was sold last night at auction in London for nearly £16million.

The Sekhemka statue.

The Borough Council which owns the Sekhemka statue will use its share of the proceeds for a new £14million extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

The rest will go to Lord Northampton, whose ancestors originally donated the statue.

The Sekhemka statue.

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