Egyptian authorities through diplomatic channels appealed to the British authorities to stop attempts to sell the stone bust of King Tutankhamun and called on official London to return it to Luxor. About it reports Xinhua with reference to the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.

“The Egyptian Embassy in London contacted the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the auction house to stop the sale, claiming the right to the monument and demanding its return to Egypt,” the report said.

The sale of the bust of King Tutankhamun is scheduled for auction at Christie’s auction house in London in early July. According to experts, it should go under the hammer for £4 million (more than $ 5 million).

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry believes that the bust was stolen from Karnak temple in Luxor and should be returned. In addition, the Ministry called not to sell at auction, which is to be held on July 3 and 4, other Egyptian artifacts.