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Controversial King Tut statue sells for $6M

By T.K. Randall
July 5, 2019 · Comment icon 8 comments



Could this statue have been illegally obtained ? Image Credit: Christie's
The ancient sculpture of King Tutankhamun went up for auction this week despite concerns over its legality.
According to reports, both the buyer and seller of the controversial artifact chose to remain anonymous as the statue was auctioned off for a whopping $5,971,285 at Christie's in London on July 4th.

Egyptian officials, including former minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass, have expressed reservations about the sale because they believe that the sculpture was looted from Karnak back in the 1970s.

Christie's maintains that the statue was owned by Prince Wilhelm von Thurn und Taxis during that time, however doubts have been raised over whether or not this was actually the case.
"This is a black day in the history of archaeology," said Hawass.

The Egyptian embassy to the UK has lodged a formal objection and it is also likely that Egypt will lodge an official complaint with UNESCO in an attempt to have the statue returned.

Whether the buyer will ultimately get to keep their acquisition remains unclear.

Source: Live Science | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Captain Risky 3 years ago
Something really wrong about selling such historical art work privately. These pieces should go back to Egypt.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Herr Falukorv 3 years ago
In my next life I aim to be a Tomb raider... It seems to be very profitable  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Not anymore. The ideal time for tomb-raiding for profit was about 100-200 years ago. It'd have been a good choice for a past life, lol.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 years ago
Museums won't be emptying their collections and repatriating artifacts, en masse, anytime soon. Private collections, unless legally compelled, never.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Manwon Lender 3 years ago
I also think it's wrong to sell items on the open market without proof of how they have been obtained. I can't blame the Egyptians for being angery, their heritage was virtually plundered over the last 200 years, and it is still going on today.
Comment icon #6 Posted by hetrodoxly 3 years ago
Are you sure you can't blame the Egyptians.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by An0n1m0us 3 years ago
Hawass is the biggest hypocrite. For years he's been one of the main reasons many Egyptologists could not gain access to study Egypt's ruins. He's taken bribes from unknown entities for this reason. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
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