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    ‘Stolen’ King Tut Head Sold at UK Auction 

    The sculpted 11-inch stone head of Tutankhamen sold yesterday at Christie’s to an unknown buyer for nearly $6 million, sparking an outcry from Egypt, which maintains the treasure was stolen. During the auction, several protesters gathered outside the London auction house with signs reading, “Egyptian history is not for sale.” But the head of Christie’s antiquities department defended the sale, arguing that it’s impossible to trace the history of ancient artifacts. 

    What will Cairo do now? Egyptian authorities have vowed to lobby for the return of the item, as well as other treasures claimed during colonial occupation.

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