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AUCTION SALE OF SACRED HOPI “KWAA TSI” TO BE HELD AT PARIS’ HOTEL DROUOT ON DECEMBER 15, 2014.

IMPORTANT PRESS RELEASE: THE HOLOCAUST ART RESTITUTION PROJECT AND THE CHAIRMAN

OF THE HOPI TRIBE JOINTLY FILE AN ACTION IN FRANCE REQUESTING THE SUSPENSION OF AN

AUCTION SALE OF SACRED HOPI “KWAA TSI” TO BE HELD AT PARIS’ HOTEL DROUOT ON

DECEMBER 15, 2014.

For Immediate Release

Press Contacts:

In Washington, DC: Marc Masurovsky, (00) 1 202 255 1602 , plunderedart@gmail.com

In New York, NY: Pierre Ciric (00) 1 212 260 6090, pciric@ciriclawfirm.com

In Kykotsmovi, AZ: Marilyn Fredericks, (00) 1 928 734 3107, MFredericks@hopi.nsn.us

Washington, DC, USA – December 09, 2014 – The Holocaust Art Restitution Project ( “HARP”), based in

Washington, DC, chaired by Ori Z. Soltes, and Herman G. Honanie, Chairman of the HOPI Tribe Council, are

jointly announcing the filing of an action before the French “Conseil des Ventes” (“Board of Auction Sales”), an

administrative body in charge of regulating and supervising auction sales on the French market, requesting the

administrative suspension of an auction sale of sacred “kwaa tsi” owned by the Hopi tribe, scheduled for

Monday, December 15, 2014.

The action argues that title for these objects never vested with subsequent possessors due to the sacred

nature of these objects, as well as to the numerous American statutes and regulations protecting these objects.

“The Conseil des Ventes has the power to suspend this sale on two grounds. First, the presumption of good

faith of the seller, which is the legal rule in France to challenge these sales, is eradicated by the numerous

regulations and statutes which have been in effect in the U.S. for years. Furthermore, the Conseil must seek

the provenance information for these objects from the seller. These objects cannot be sold or disposed of for

legal, cultural and moral reasons, period. We hope that the French Government will look favorably at our

request, and do the right thing,” said Soltes.

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The Hopi Tribe is a federally recognized tribe of American Indians, who live in northeastern Arizona. The Hopi

Tribe remains one of the most religiously traditional tribes within the United States.

HARP is a not-for-profit group based in Washington, DC, dedicated to the identification and restitution of looted

artworks require detailed research and analysis of public and private archives in North America. HARP has

worked for 16 years on the restitution of artworks looted by the Nazi regime.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/plunderedart, on Twitter: @plunderedart,

Blog: http://plundered-art.blogspot.com/

Copyright © 2014 Holocaust Art Restitution Project, Inc., All rights reserved.

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