King Tut lay underground in his tomb for a few thousand years, but a dagger he kept by his side has far-out origins in outer space.
On this week’s art crime blotter: eight museum workers charged over King Tut’s botched beard, thieves drive off with a trailer full of blue-chip art, and sculptures of a heart, a cheetah, and a hockey-playing beaver go missing.
What would you do if you accidentally broke one of the world’s most valuable relics?
Glue it back together? Quickly? Before anyone noticed?
In 1922, the Egyptologist Howard Carter asked the Metropolitan Museum of Art to lend him the services of Harry Burton, a photographer then working for the Museum’s Egyptian expedition.