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Battle over relic of Boy King’s head

Battle over relic of Boy King’s head

Egypt has asked international police agency Interpol to track down a 3 000-yea-rold Tutankhamun artefact that was sold in London for $6 million (R84 million) despite fierce opposition from Cairo, government officials said.

Christie’s auction house sold the 28.5cm relic to an unknown buyer early this month at one of its most controversial auctions in years.

But less than a week after the sale, Egypt’s National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation (NCAR) said national prosecutors had asked Interpol “to issue a circular to trace” such artefacts over alleged missing paperwork.

“The committee expresses its deep discontent at the unprofessional behaviour of the sale of Egyptian antiquities without providing the ownership documents and the evidences that prove its legal export from Egypt,” the NCAR said.

The committee, headed by Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and attended by his predecessor Zahi Hawass as well as officials from various ministries, also called on Britain to “prohibit the export of the sold artefacts” until the Egyptian authorities were shown the documents.

It suggested the issue could have an impact on cultural relations, by referencing “the ongoing cooperation between both countries in archaeology, especially as there are 18 British archaeological missions are working in Egypt”.

The NCAR added it had hired a British law firm to file a “civil lawsuit” although no further details were given.

The London sale of the head of “Boy King” Tutankhamun angered Egyptian officials at the time and sparked a protest outside Christie’s by about a dozen people who held up signs reading “stop trading in smuggled antiquities”.

Tutankhamun is thought to have become a pharaoh at the age of nine and to have died about 10 years later.

Hawass said the piece appeared to have been “stolen” in the 1970s from the Karnak Temple complex just north of Luxor.

The Egyptian foreign ministry asked the UK Foreign Office and the UN cultural body UNESCO to step in and halt the sale. But such interventions are rare and made only when there is clear evidence of the item’s legitimate acquisition by the seller being in dispute.

Christie’s argued that Egypt had never before expressed this level of concern about an item whose existence has been “well known and exhibited publicly” for many years. “The object is not, and has not been, the subject of an investigation,” Christie’s said in a statement.

The auction house has published a chronology of how the relic changed hands between European art dealers over the past 50 years.

Christie’s added that it would “not sell any work where there isn’t clear title of ownership”.

Fruit farms on auction

Fruit farms on auction

Van’s Auctioneers would like to remind farmers to pay specific attention to the auction of established and well-known fruit farms between Barrydale and Montagu in the Western Cape next week Thursday at 12pm. The farms were previously operated as part of the JAB Group. Various farms portions and lots, as well as the movable assets… Continue Reading

Home on the banks of bliss

Home on the banks of bliss

A large home with a flatlet in the beautiful suburb of Three Rivers in Vereeniging will be up for grabs when Park Village Auctions puts it on the block on July 15. Three Rivers is situated amid the beauty of the confluence of the Vaal River and two of its major tributaries and is an… Continue Reading

Record-breaking Yearling Sale

Record-breaking Yearling Sale

The lavish Sibaya Casino was the scene of a record-breaking conclusion to the 2019 KwaZulu-Natal Yearling Sale on the afternoon of July 5. This week’s sale concluded with a gross total of R21 505 000 – a new record for the popular auction. The 2019 KZN Yearling Sale also ended with marked improvements in both… Continue Reading

How to determine the value of a car

How to determine the value of a car

There are many factors that determine the value of a vehicle. Co-founders of new online auction platform, auction.co.za, share their advice on the ins and outs of buying or selling a car. Don’t get caught out Consumers often get caught buying vehicles online without knowing the full history. This can leave the buyer out of… Continue Reading

New Caravaggio going, going, gone

New Caravaggio going, going, gone

A painting thought to be a “lost masterpiece” by Italian painter Caravaggio has been bought two days before it was due to go under the hammer in France. Judith and Holofernes, which was found under an old mattress in the attic of a house in the French city of Toulouse, was snapped up by a… Continue Reading

Shoprite sells off more property

Shoprite sells off more property

Two Shoprite retail centres in The Strand in Cape Town and Cosmo City in Johannesburg fetched R59 million and R36.25 million respectively after fierce bidding today at High Street Auctions’ monthly premium real estate sale. As with the other 15 properties High Street has sold for Shoprite in the past year, the board has 20… Continue Reading

Check out this Alrode property

Check out this Alrode property

Park Village Auctions will bring to market a “versatile” commercial property based in Johannesburg South on July 4. That’s the word from PVA’s Jaco du Toit who describes the property as “ideally located” and fitted to suit several light industrial activities. Three notarially tied stands (spanning 3460sq m) make up No 29 Bosworth Street, Alrode,… Continue Reading

Something for everyone at sale

Something for everyone at sale

Old Johannesburg Warehouse Auctioneers has 600 lots on auction this weekend, starting tomorrow at 9am. Included in this melange is beautiful furniture, a great selection of silver, exquisite ceramics, carpets, a selection of brass and copper – of special mention is a rare H Pit copper konfoor or brazier – collectable books and more. More… Continue Reading

Trucks, trailers under hammer

Trucks, trailers under hammer

The latest truck auction by Park Village Auctions (PVA) at Nasrec, near Soweto, at month end represents an excellent opportunity for fleet managers to acquire newer vehicles at better-than-market prices. That’s the word from LeRoy Augustyn of PVA who says the newly introduced carbon tax and the anticipated diesel increases may see fleet managers opting… Continue Reading

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