Hands off Tut’s head

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

THE Egyp­tian em­bassy in Lon­don re­quested that Bri­tain pre­vent the planned sale by Christie’s of an an­cient sculp­ture rep­re­sent­ing King Tu­tankhamun’s head and re­turn it to Egypt, Cairo said.

Christie’s has an­nounced that the brown quartzite head of the pharaoh – mea­sur­ing 28.5cm high and dated at more than 3000 years old – would take place on July 4.

It ex­pected the sale, from the Re­san­dro Col­lec­tion – one of the world’s “most renowned pri­vate col­lec­tions of Egyp­tian art” – to fetch more than £4 mil­lion ($A7.3 mil­lion).

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