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Amid Protests and Steeped in Controversy, a King Tut Statue Sells at Christie’s for $6 Million


The Egyptian head of the god Amun with features of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

The Egyptian head of the god Amun with features of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Photo courtesy Christie's.

An unknown collector has bought a sculpture of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun at Christie’s in London for just short of $6 million that is at the center of an international dispute. The controversial sale went ahead despite calls from Egypt to repatriate the 3,000-year-old artifact, and questions about its provenance.