A 3,000-year-old bust of Pharaoh Tutankhamun has been sold by a museum at an auction in London for more than £4.7 million ($6 million) even as the nation protests that the bust was stolen.
Despite claims by the Egyptian government that a 3,000-year-old bust of ancient pharaoh Tutankhamun was stolen and should be returned, it has rather been sold at an auction in London at Christie's.
According to Facetofaceafrica.com, the item, depicting the boy king as the god Amen, displayed at Christie’s London auction house, was bought for £4,746,250 ($5.97m) or about GHC 32.5 million, including commission and in line with the estimated price before the sale, Christie’s said.
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The 11-inch statue, with damage only to the ears and nose, was sold from the private Resandro collection of Egyptian art, The Guardian reports. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry had earlier raised issues about the sale.
It demanded that the London auction house provide documents proving the statue’s ownership, adding that Egypt holds rights to the item based on its laws. Egypt introduced laws in 1983 banning the removal of artefacts from the country.
But auction house Christie’s said the brown quartzite had never been subject to previous investigations or allegations about its origins.
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YEN.com.gh earlier published the story of Akere Muna, one of the first black people to be born in a whites-only hospital in the 20th century.
Born to Salomon Tandeng Muna and Elizabeth Fri Ndingsa some 67 years ago, Akere Muna would be one of the bravest men to face off with Cameroonian leader of more than three decades, Paul Biya, in 2018. But that is not the only special bit of trivia about Muna.
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He was born in a hospital in Nigeria that was hitherto thought to be the "white man's hospital", one of the main products of European colonisation in Africa.
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