An undated handout picture released by the auction house Christie's in London on June 26, 2019, shows a 3,000-year-old stone bust of Tutankhamun, set to be auctioned on July 4. Christie's this week will auction a 3,000-year-old stone bust of Tutankhamun — the Egyptian pharaoh most simply call King Tut — at the heart of a diplomatic tug-of-war with Cairo. The French-owned British auction house expects the 28.5-centimeter (11-inch tall) brown quartzite relic from the Valley of the Kings to fetch more than £4 million ($5.1 million, 4.5 million euros) in London on Thursday. But Egyptian authorities overseeing the north African country's unparalleled collection of antiquities want the sale halted and the art treasure returned. Image: HO/various sources via AFP

Tutankhamun sculpture’s London auction sparks Egyptian outcry

July 01st, 2019
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Tutankhamun sculpture sparks outcry

An undated handout picture released by the auction house Christie’s in London on June 26, 2019, shows a 3,000-year-old stone bust of Tutankhamun, set to be auctioned on July 4. Christie’s this week will auction a 3,000-year-old stone bust of Tutankhamun — the Egyptian pharaoh most simply call King Tut — at the heart of a diplomatic tug-of-war with Cairo. The French-owned British auction house expects the 28.5-centimeter (11-inch tall) brown quartzite relic from the Valley of the Kings to fetch more than £4 million ($5.1 million, 4.5 million euros) in London on Thursday. But Egyptian authorities overseeing the north African country’s unparalleled collection of antiquities want the sale halted and the art treasure returned. Image: HO/various sources via AFP

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