Immediate steps taken to prevent sale of King Tut's bust in London: FM
Tuesday، 11 June 2019 - 12:05 PM
The Foreign Ministry said on Monday 10/6/2019 it has taken immediate steps in coordination with the Ministry of Antiquities in response to an advertisement to sell an Egyptian piece of antiquity in London next month.
A statue of Tutankhamun's head is scheduled to be at Christie's auction house in London on July 4.
The Ministry of Antiquities addressed the auction house as well as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to prevent the sale of the antique, requiring the former to show the ancient object's documents of title, the Foreign Ministry noted in a press release.
In addition, the Egyptian Embassy in London has also contacted the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the auction house to stop the sale and demand the repatriation of the Egyptian artifact.
These steps are part of the ministries' keen efforts to restore Egyptian smuggled antiquities.