Saturday, 13 September 2014

Sarcophagus Lid

You don't expect to find a 3,000-year-old Egyptian Sarcophagus Lid in a house in Essex. So, when Stephen Drake of Willingham Auctions climbed through a hole in a wall and found the relic covered in cobwebs, he experienced an Indiana Jones moment. The Egyptian embassy in London tried to prevent the auction, demanding that the sarcophagus lid be repatriated to Egypt, but Willingham Auctions refused and the lid fetched £12,000. The incompetent paint job on the face was done by its former owner, big game hunter and journalist Captain "Tiger" Sarll, who is thought to have had the lid shipped to England. He died in 1977 (CLICK).


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