Egypt to sue over Tutankhamun bust sale

Egypt says it will instruct a law firm in the UK to file a civil suit over the sale last week in London of a rare bust of Tutankhamun.

The sculpture of the boy pharaoh was sold for about $6m (£4m) at Christie’s auction house, despite appeals by the Egyptian government to stop the sale.

Khaled Al Enany, the minister of antiquities, told the BBC that Egypt would try to repatriate the stone bust and 32 other artefacts sold by Christie’s.

The auction house has maintained that all necessary checks were made over the provenance of the Tutankhamun sculpture and its sale last week was legal and valid.

Our colleague from BBC Arabic tweeted this photo from the auction:

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