ANN/VIETNAM NEWS – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to verify information on two antiquities from the Nguyen Dynasty to be auctioned by the Million auction house in France.
According to the notice published on its website, the French auction house, founded in 1928, will auction 329 antiques on October 31 at 11 a.m.
Two of them are said to be from the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam. They are a gold seal cast in 1823 during the reign of King Minh Mang (1820-1841) and a gold bowl dating from the reign of King Khai Dinh (1917-1925).
The ministry’s Department of Cultural Heritage Protection said that if the seal was “Hoang de chi bao (Emperor’s Treasure),” it was used for the country’s public and political activities during a historical period and carried significant historical and cultural values.
In a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the MCST called on the PM to instruct Vietnam’s embassy in France to work with Million to quickly verify information on the items, including their expected owner, legality. selling price, and it is possible to buy directly without an auction.
The board also asked for a suitable opportunity to repatriate the antiquities, based on the results of discussions with the auction house, in accordance with the laws of the host country and international practice.