Thursday, July 7, 2022

Egyptian famous Pharaoh: Tutankhamen’s quartzite head auctioned at $ 6 million


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Egyptian famous Pharaoh’s head, Tutankhamen, made up of quartzite auctioned for $ 6 million yesterday in London despite receiving Cairo’s strong protests.

Christie’s auction house sold its 28.5 centimeter legacy at 4,746,250 pounds in a most controversial auction event over the past few years.

Buyer information of valuable artifacts however is unknown.

The famous pharaoh’s carved face with a pair of full-blown and full-blown eyes is from the collection of antique resembles antique Resandro Collection which undergoes a conservation process of 3 million pounds (Christchurch) by Christie in 2016.

The Egyptian government who was angry with the auction urged it to be stopped yesterday and the remains were returned to them immediately.

Dozens of protesters also waved the Egyptian flag and towered banners to write ‘stop selling’ anti-smuggling antiques outside the auction house of the British.

“This artifact should not be stored as a personal collection at home. It belongs to the museum.

“It is a history, belonging to our very famous king,” said Egyptian Magda Sakr.

The Egyptian antique ministry said they would hold a special meeting early next week to discuss the matter.

“The Egyptian government will take all the necessary measures to reclaim the Egyptian artifacts that are illegally taken,” said in a statement.

Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts.

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