Egypt’s ancient sculpture of a naked woman has been stolen and sold for $4 million to a Saudi Arabian businessman
A statue of an Egyptian goddess of fertility has been removed from the Great Pyramid of Giza, a wealthy royal family in the Egyptian desert, after it was stolen and then sold to a wealthy Saudi Arabian billionaire, a report said Wednesday.
The theft of the sculpture, which is located at the top of the Great Pyramids of Gizet and Luxor, was made public in January 2016, when an auction was held for it in Riyadh.
A photo of the stolen statue was released by the Saudi Arabian auction house in November 2016.
The statue is made of a mix of copper and gold, and depicts a naked, headless woman.
The sale of the statue for $3.5 million to the owner of the auction house is the largest known theft of ancient Egyptian sculptures.
The owner of a nearby building said he was unaware of the theft.
The Saudi Arabian government said in a statement that the statue was in good condition and that it was sold to the buyer in the country’s eastern province of Dahiyeh.
The seller said the auction was an act of kindness, the Saudi Press Agency reported.