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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....
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 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.