Sotheby’s London has called off a planned sale of material from the archives of Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz. According to a statement from Sotheby’s (via Egypt Independent):
“While it is clear that Sotheby’s consignor had purchased the Mahfouz manuscripts from a member of Naguib Mahfouz’s family, other family members have within the last hour issued a challenge to that purchase. Sotheby’s takes title issues very seriously and has, accordingly, withdrawn the papers from sale until this is resolved.”
The archive would have gone on sale today. It includes photographs, manuscripts and the 100-page draft of an unfinished novel, Story of the Sudan.