British auction house exposed the head of Tutankhamun for sale and Egypt demands to be restored
Christie’s auction house expects the head of the statue of King Tutankhamun to be sold for at least £4 million or $5 million, if the sale is scheduled for July 4, July.
According to The Telegraph newspaper, the House explained that it had acquired this artifact, in addition to a wooden pharaonic coffin and an ancient Egyptian statue, from the German antiquities dealer Heinz Hirzer in 1985.
The House noted that these artifacts were formerly owned by Austrian antiquities dealer Joseph Messina, who in turn received them from Prince Wilhelm von Bull und Taxi between 1973 and 1974, noting that Prince Wilhelm was believed to have been acquired in the 1960s.
This is the first time that this sculpture of Kotartzeit, dating back more than 3,000 years, has been on the market since 1985.
The Egyptian embassy in London has asked the British Foreign Office to halt the sale of the 28.5-centimetre-high statue’s head at the auction hall in preparation for its recovery.
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, according to the statement, also addressed the “UNESCO to stop the sale of the artifact, and to request documents for its ownership.”