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Egyptian Artifacts Withdrawn From Auction

Thursday, May 02, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND—Six Egyptian artifacts, including a face carved from red granite and religious stele and statues, have been withdrawn from a sale at Christie’s auction house in London because the person who claimed ownership of the New Kingdom objects was unable to produce supporting documentation. “We asked for its return, since they are ancient Egyptian objects stolen from illegal excavations. Egypt owns objects similar to those on auction,” said Osama El-Nahas, Director General of the Repatriation of Antiquities Department. The artifacts will be handed over to British authorities.