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NY Times: Incarceration Camp Artifact Scheduled for Auction Going to Museum Instead

Image of Himel's mother up for auctionThe Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles has acquired the artifacts from incarceration camps that had been scheduled to go to auction last month, reports the New York Times.

The announcement was made Saturday night at a museum benefit honoring George Takei.

“All of us can take to heart that our voices were heard and that these items will be preserved and the people who created them during a very dark period in our history will be honored,” Mr. Takei said in a statement.

The 450 pieces were given to Alan Eaton by Japanese Americans imprisoned in the camps and who produced the works of art. Eaton was an outspoken critic of incarceration and had written the book Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps. It was Eaton’s original intention to exhibit the pieces.

The planned auction by the auction house Rago in New Jersey was cancelled after a national uproar from the Japanese American community. The exact purchase price has not been disclosed.

You can read both reaction and more details of the sale in the New York Times.

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