Tuesday, 16 November 2010

£440,000 Ancient Egyptian fake statue that fooled the art world to go on display

An infamous forged statue of an Egyptian princess will go on display at the same museum that paid £440,000 for it.

Bolton council believed the 20-inch statue, the Amarna Princess, was more than 3,300 years old after it was authenticated by experts in Egyptology at Christie’s auction house and at the British Musuem. It was said to be a figurine of the grandaughter of King Tutankhamun and held up as a rare example of Egyptian craftwork. But it later emerged the piece was ‘knocked up’ in the shed of a council house in Bromley Cross, Bolton.

Read more: Manchester Evening News

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