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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.

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Northampton Council sells statue for almost £16m

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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