Today, UNESCO hosted a ceremony for the voluntary handover, by the private collector Manichak Aurance, of a fragment of stela no. 9 from the Piedras Negras archaeological site in Guatemala to Francisco Roberto Gross Hernandez, Ambassador of Guatemala to UNESCO, in the presence of Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.
This stela disappeared from the Piedras Negras site in the 1960s. It reappeared in Paris in 2019 during an auction. Thanks to the joint mobilization of Guatemala, France and UNESCO, the sale was suspended and mediation initiated. Ms Aurance opted to voluntarily return the fragment to Guatemala.