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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Egypt to file civil lawsuit against Christie’s for the sale of Tutankhamun artefact

Egypt is planning to take legal action against the sale of a Tutankhamun sculpture for USD 6 mn by Christie’s auction house in London last week, Antiquities Minister Khaled El Anani told the BBC. Arguing the artefact was likely stolen in the 1970s, Egypt said the sale was “inconsistent with relevant international treaties and conventions.” Christie’s has denied any wrongdoing, insisting the sale was legal. The Egyptian National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation (NCAR) said it would go to a British law firm to file a lawsuit, which, according to the BBC, will be funded by a number of Egyptian businessmen and civil society actors. The NCAR said it would also ask Interpol to issue an order to "track down the illegal sale of Egyptian artefacts worldwide.” The story was also picked up by the Associated Press, France's AFP, the National, and Euronews.

Other headlines worth a skim this morning:

  • Egypt’s Jewish community dwindles further: The death of Marcelle Haroun, mother of the current president of Cairo’s Jewish community, leaves only five known Egyptian Jews living in Cairo, the Jerusalem Post reports. Some 80k Egyptian Jews lived in Egypt in 1948.
  • Egypt’s transfer of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia is once again making headlines here at home, Al Monitor notes.
  • Dahab remains a marvel for adventurers and thrill-seekers from the world over, Breana Wilson writes for Forbes' contributor network.

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