Christie’s under fire for auctioning rare Egyptian artifacts originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Auction house Christie’s has “violated international treaties and conventions” by selling almost two dozen Egyptian artifacts in London, Egyptian authorities claim.
Christie’s sold more than 20 pieces on July 3, including a limestone bust of the 18th dynasty princess Henuttaneb and a Middle Kingdom wood funerary model of a boat.
A 3,000-year-old stone sculpture of Tutankhamen, the famous “boy king,” which Egyptian archaeologists suspect was looted from Luxor’s famed Karnak Temple decades ago, will also go up for sale Thursday.
“The foreign and antiquities ministries believe that the auction held on July 3 in London at Christie’s … is contrary to the relevant international treaties and conventions, since the auction house has not yet provided