Last weekend, an anonymous seller passed through the auction house of Christie’s in London and successfully A sculpture of Tutankhamun was sold for 5.97 million US dollars. However, the auction was strongly opposed from the beginning by the Egyptian cultural relics department, who believed that the auction was "illegal" and "unethical."
This sculpture is made of quartzite and is almost the same size as a real person’s head. The entire sculpture is carved out of Pharaoh Tutanka The appearance and characteristics of Mongolia. Regarding the source of the sculptures, Christie’s auction house and the Egyptian antiquities department have their own opinions.
According to Christie’s auction house, Tutankhamun The sculpture belongs to Wilhelm von Thu of the Thun and Taxis family.rn und Taxis), William sold it to a gallery in Vienna called Galerie Kokorian (Galerie Kokorian) in 1973. Christie’s auction house issued a statement before the start of the auction, which clearly stated: "The auction is transparent and legal."
However, the Egyptian Antiquities Department believes that the carvingThe sculpture was illegally obtained from the Karnak Temple by tomb robbers around 1970 and was not “owned by William” as Christie’s said. Interviews with William’s family also revealed that not only did he never own this sculpture, he was also not interested in cultural relics.
Viktor, William’s son von Thurn und Taxis) and his niece Daria (Daria von Thurn und Taxis) both said that they have never heard of or seen William have the head of Tutankhamun.
In fact, William was not particularly rich throughout his life. Around 1970, he lived in a small bachelor apartment in Vienna. He did not have the money to buy such a cultural relic. The argument of family inheritance is also lacking in possibility. William's father is the third child, and William is the youngest of the nine children. Even if there is family property that can be inherited, it is difficult for William to share such valuable cultural relics.
Former Egyptian Minister of Cultural Relics Zahi Hawass said: "This is the darkest day in the history of Egyptian archaeology. Until the sculpture was sold, Christie’s auction house had no conclusive evidence to prove that the head was legally leaving Egypt. "Now, the sculpture has been photographed by an anonymous buyer. Maybe it will be placed in the home of this wealthy man, but for Egypt and the whole world, it will disappear from people’s sight.
The Egyptian side has stated that Christie’s auction behavior lacks ethics. They will complain to UNESCO about the auction house’s behavior, hoping to get a fair result and send the sculpture back to Egypt.
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