Greece's alternate government spokesman on Wednesday said that it remained to be clarified whether the lots up for sale at a Christie's auction in London were part of Greece's cultural heritage.
The London auction house is set to proceed with the sale of items belonging to the early 20th-century Greek monarch George I during an auction scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, in spite of a formal Greek request to call off the auction, while refusing to disclose where they came from.
Pointing to statements made on the issue by Culture Minister George Voulgarakis on Wednesday while appearing on the Greek state television channel NET, Antonaros stressed that the Greek government wanted to send out a clearcut message that it wanted to "keep track of everything".
"Whatever has left the country without observance of the proper procedures will be monitored and will be the object of contention," he added.
Speaking on Tuesday, Voulgarakis had said that the objects on sale at Christie's were "indisputably part of Greece's modern history".
Source: Athens News Agency