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
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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