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Missouri cave with ancient Native American drawings sold

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was auctioned on Tuesday, disappointing Osage nation leaders who were hoping to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site.” Bryan Laughlin, director of Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers, the St. Louis-based company that manages the auction, said the successful bidder declined to be named. It also contains more than 290 prehistoric glyphs, or hieroglyphic symbols used to represent sounds or meanings, “making it the largest collection of full color paintings of native Missouri people,” according to the auction website.

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