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The sale of articles from an Israeli museum collection has been postponed to November 2020 due to public protests

The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem has delayed a sale of 255 items from its collection, which was supposed to take place at Sotheby's auction house on October 27th, after a protest of public figures and the president of Israel.

Museum for Islamic Art
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The Museum for Islamic Art, initially named after Mayer and which was forced to close its doors as a result of the second wave of COVID-19, has decided on the sale of 255 items from its collection at auction, which amounts to almost 5% of the museum's holdings. A preliminary evaluation (estimate) by Sotheby's revealed that the value of all the lots would have been almost 9 million dollars, which could have helped resolve the museum's financial issues.

The actions of the museum's management were met with fury by many experts and public figures, including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The Ministry of Culture and Sports of Israel attempted to stop the sale, and the day before the beginning of the auction Sotheby's announced on their website that the auction would be put off until November 2020.

And while some condemn the decision of the museum's management, others maintain that this critique is misplaced and urge the government and local authorities to bolster their support for museums, which are forced to sell their exhibit items to ensure their own survival under the conditions of the current crisis.

Source: Hyperallergic

Evgeniy Saunin, 29 October 2020, 11:20

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