01/04/2011 08:20 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sotheby's cancels sale of 'looted' Benin mask

Sotheby's has scrapped its February sale of a controversial £4.5m mask believed to have been looted by British forces from 19th-century West Africa.

A number of private individuals contacted the auction house last week to complain about the sale of the 16th-century ivory mask, once thought to have belonged to an ancient Nigerian king.

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