LONDON:- Christie’s auction house has been fined £3,250 ($4,750, 4,270 euros) for selling a piece of elephant ivory without the correct documentation, London police have said. The silver-mounted tusk, put up for auction last year, did not have the right documentation under wildlife protection laws, a police statement said. A representative for the auction house pleaded guilty in London for selling the ivory, in contravention of an article in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

“The tusk in this case was mounted on silver but was basically a raw, unmodified elephant tusk and therefore should not have been offered for sale without the correct documentation,” said Rowena Roberts, wildlife officer for London’s Kensington and Chelsea borough. “These laws were established to protect the world’s remaining elephants.” Christie’s stressed that it took the protection of endangered species seriously and had a training programme in place.