2 Disputed Indian Wampum Belts Pulled From Auction

May 19, 2009
2 Disputed Indian Wampum Belts Pulled From Auction

By JAMES BARRON
Sotheby’s has removed two ceremonial Indian wampum belts from an auction scheduled for Wednesday following complaints by the Onondaga nation that the belts were part of their cultural heritage and should be returned.

Sotheby’s issued a statement on Monday saying that the estate of a collector that had consigned the belts had decided to withdraw them “in order to review the information presented” by the Onondaga.

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