World|life|January 9, 2019 / 03:33 PM
Egypt recovers smuggled artefact from UK auction

AKIPRESS.COM - An ancient Egyptian artefact illegally smuggled out of the country has been returned after being displayed at an auction hall in London, BBC reports citing officials.

It was retrieved following searches of international auction websites, Egypt's ministry of antiquities said.

Steps were then taken to stop the sale and withdraw the listing, the ministry added in a Facebook post.

It is not clear how or when the relic, a cartouche of King Amenhotep I, was originally smuggled out of the country.

The archaeological item was earlier exhibited at the open museum of the ancient Temple of Karnak in the city of Luxor, the ministry's director-general, Shaaban Abdel Gawad, said.

The antiquities ministry worked with the Egyptian foreign ministry, Egypt's embassy in London and British authorities to recover the section of tablet, he said, adding that the embassy in London had received it last September.

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