. ‘Like Auctioning Off the Sistine Chapel’: An Auction House Sold an Osage Cave Containing Important Prehistoric Art for $2.2 Million « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – This week, a cave in Missouri containing prehistoric illustrations by members of the Osage Nation was auctioned in a single-lot sale for $2 million, or $2.2 million with premium. Once used for burials and sacred rituals, the historic site—commonly called the Picture Cave—is home to some 290 glyphs more than 1,000 years old. It is considered among the most important examples of rock art in North America. The tribe, which had previously tried to purchase the landmark, categorized the sale as “truly heartbreaking” in a statement. “Our ancestors lived in this area for 1,300 years,” their message read.

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