This is the second postponement of the auction, which was previously scheduled for October 31 and then November 10. Both postponements were made for the same reason.
The auction was set to include the imperial seal of King Minh Mang (1820-1841) along with over 300 antiquities from or related to Vietnam. The event was originally planned for October 31.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, along with other relevant agencies, are actively working to secure the return of the item.
Representatives from the ministry also held a meeting with the French auction house in an attempt to negotiate a direct purchase of the seal without involving the auction process.
Among the featured antiquities and artworks is a gold bowl dating back to the reign of King Khai Dinh (1917-1925) of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945).
Prior to this announcement, the Vietnamese Embassy in France had already engaged with the involved parties regarding the auction of the seal. Additionally, representatives from the Nguyen Phuc clan in Vietnam, who are descendants of the Nguyen Kings, had also formally requested the cancellation of the auction for the seal and the bowl from Millon, the auction house.