(Persia Digest) – The news of the sale of four Iranian historical artifacts at Christie's auction in London has been published. Meanwhile, the Legal and Properties Director General of Iran Cultural Heritage Organization announced an attempt to stop the auction and return the historical objects to Iran.

As per Persia Digest’s report, at an auction that will take place in London within 10 days, a large collection of historical antiquities, including four precious and antique artifacts of Iranian civilization, will be auctioned.

An earthenware belonging to the Parthian [Ashkanid] period (third century BC), a cyan glazed earthenware of the late Parthian period and the early Sassanid period (around the third century CE), a bronze antelope belonging to the Parthian period (second century BCE), and the Parthian golden and silver shield (around the second century BCE) are among the Iranian artifacts being sold at this auction.


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But Mohammad-Reza Zahedi, head of the Property Office of the Administration of Museums and Cultural-Historical Movable Properties of Iran, believes these objects belong to Iran. “Of course, the objects themselves have not been seen; because these objects were obtained through unauthorized excavations and illegally taken out of the country. But based on the photos published in news agencies, it is likely that these objects are authentic and belong to Iran, and we should be able to take action to return them,” he said.

The Legal and Properties Director General of Iran Cultural Heritage Organization also announced the efforts to stop the auction and return the objects belonging to Iran. “Previously, in the Achaemenid Soldier case, we succeeded in stopping the sale of this object in New York,” Ebrahim Shaghaghi added.

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