Priceless Nigerian sculpture blocked by British police

Photo credit, Woolley and Wallis

British police are holding a stolen statue worth millions of dollars in custody amid a dispute between a Belgian antiques dealer and a Nigerian museum, writes Barnaby Phillips.

January 24, 2017 was a cold and foggy day in London.

At noon, John Axford, auctioneer at Woolley and Wallis, was in his office in upscale Mayfair, waiting to meet a visitor from Belgium who wanted to show him a sculpture.

“He produced this particularly beautiful piece,” says Mr. Axford.

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