MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government has upped its estimate of the number of fakes listed for sale in a Bonhams auction of pre-Hispanic artifacts scheduled for Wednesday in New York.
After sending experts to the gallery to view the pieces on display, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History now says 50 percent are relatively recently made copies. The Institute had earlier claimed 25 percent were fakes.
It said Monday that Bonhams should stop the sale, because the other 50 percent are national heritage pieces. Under a 1972 law, Mexico prohibited the purchase and sale of archaeological pieces.
The Bonhams' auction includes about 155 sculptures, ceramic vessels and other artifacts from the Aztec, Mayan and other cultures.