Thursday, 7 April 2011

Fake Egyptian statue returned to 'tricked' museum

A fake Egyptian statue has returned to the museum which was tricked into paying £440,000 for it, says the Daily Mail.

Bolton Council bought the 20-inch Princess Amarna in 2003 after it was authenticated as 3,300 years old by the Egyptology department at Christie's and the British Museum. In fact, the figurine of the granddaughter of King Tutankhamun was crafted by master forger Shaun Greenhalgh in his garden shed in just three weeks.

Following Greenhalgh's conviction for forgery, the statue is now the property of London's Metropolitan Police and part of a wider exhibition on fake art and antiquities.

The Independent: Council to put fake statue on display

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