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An auction of 17 alleged pre-Columbian Mexican artifacts was cancelled just hours before it was slated to be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced Sunday, Sept. 19.

The auction, which had been organized by the internet sales site Casa Bertolami Fine Arts in Rome was halted thanks to the timely intervention of Mexican Ambassador to Italy Carlos García de Alba and Roberto Riccardi, head of Italy’s Carabineros Command for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage.

According to Italian authorities, the pieces, which have since been safeguarded by the Italian government, will be returned to Mexico is their illicit provenance is confirmed.

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