A 3,000-year-old stone bust of Tutankhamun, set to be auctioned on July 4, as seen June 26, 2019.
AFP / Handout / CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE
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A 3,000-year-old head sculpture of an eternally young Tutankhamen -- the Egyptian pharaoh known as King Tut -- goes under the hammer this week in London, despite outcry from Cairo. Christie's expects the 28.5-centimeter brown quartzite relic from the Valley of the Kings to fetch more than 4 million pounds ($5.1 million) Thursday. The Financial Times reported that it was the first such Egyptian statuette to go on the market since 1985 .Britain's Foreign Office has been in touch with Egyptian authorities but is not expected to intervene.Tutankhamen is thought to have become a pharaoh at the age of 9 and to have died about 10 years later. Egypt has been unable to substantiate its case with firm proof that the bust was illegally obtained.
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