July 2014: Sale of 4,000-year-old Sekhemka limestone figure will help pay for extension of Northampton museum and art gallery

An Egyptian statue controversially put up for auction by Northampton borough council has been sold for almost £16m.

The 4,000-year-old Sekhemka limestone figure, which was given to the town in 1880, went for almost £10m more than the guide price at the auction conducted by Christie’s in London on Thursday night.

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