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« on: Apr 11, 2008 01:29 AM »


A 12th Century key to Islam's holiest shrine has sold at auction in London for $18.1m (£9.2m).

The key to the Kaaba - the ancient cube-shaped shrine in Mecca - went to an anonymous bidder at Sotheby's.

The auction house said the price set a record for the sale of an Islamic work of art.

Made of iron and measuring 37cm in length, the key is engraved with the words "This was made for the Holy House of God".

The key was the centrepiece of Sotheby's Islamic art sale, which realised more than $40m (£21.5m) in total.

'Important symbol'

Head of Sotheby's Islamic art department Edward Gibbs said: "Remarkably, the sale realised more than the Islamic department's annual total for 2007, demonstrating beyond doubt the burgeoning and international demand for Islamic art."

The key is the only known example to be in private hands. All of the other 58 Kaaba keys are in museums.

Sotheby's said the key was "arguably one of the most important symbols of Islam".

The auction house said the keys were dedicated to caliphs, starting with the Abbasid caliphs in Baghdad.

"As a physical object, the key to the holiest building of an entire religion, it demonstrates the authority of the caliph and is the ultimate emblem of power," said Sotheby's.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7341248.stm
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 11, 2008 09:45 PM »


No way! Why don't they preserve ancient Islamic artefacts in a museum or something instead of just thinking of ideas to make more money?? They belong to the entire Muslim Ummah, not to a single rich dude with a hankering for "Islamic art".

Check this out: Sikhs protesting against the auctioning of armour they believe belonged to Guru Gobind Singh http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7329116.stm

I know Muslims and protests do NOT go well together as they always get negative press but a petition or something could have been done, at the very least to show our appreciation and concern for Islamic artefacts.

Okay, rant over Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 12, 2008 11:38 PM »


No way! Why don't they preserve ancient Islamic artefacts in a museum or something instead of just thinking of ideas to make more money?? They belong to the entire Muslim Ummah, not to a single rich dude with a hankering for "Islamic art".

Check this out: Sikhs protesting against the auctioning of armour they believe belonged to Guru Gobind Singh http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7329116.stm

I know Muslims and protests do NOT go well together as they always get negative press but a petition or something could have been done, at the very least to show our appreciation and concern for Islamic artefacts.

Okay, rant over Smiley

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I agree with you on this.  It is so ridiculous and we wonder why history and historical pieces go lost and forgotten.

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