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King Tut Exhibit Could Prove to Be Gold Mine (Coming to the USA in 2005 for 27 month/4 city tour)
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/04 | Jill Serjeant - Reuters

Posted on 12/03/2004 7:41:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The gilded treasures of King Tutankhamun are on their way back to the United States in what could prove a gold rush for Egypt and big business.

"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" starts a 27-month tour of the United States in June 2005 that will mark the first return here in more than two decades of the precious artifacts buried with the mysterious boy king.

The exhibit is twice the size of the late-1970s King Tut global tour which launched an era of "blockbuster" museum exhibitions. This year's version will charge up to $30 per ticket and give corporate backers a share in the profits, heralding a new trend in partnerships between private companies, museums and the antiquities' home countries.

"It is a new business model. It seems like a lot of museums have trouble financially in organizing major exhibits. The costs are getting really exorbitant," said John Norman, president of Arts and Exhibitions International, one of the companies providing the funding.

AEI is joined by Anschutz Entertainment Group, which operates sports stadiums, promotes pop concerts and theatrical productions, and National Geographic (news - web sites) magazine.

The three entities will finance the entire costs of shipping, designing, installing and marketing the King Tut exhibit, and share profits with participating museums and Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The concept is a major departure from the more philanthropic business sponsorship of the arts that gave new life to orchestras, theaters and art galleries in the late 20th century.

Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said he hoped Egypt would clear about $10 million in each of the four U.S. cities hosting the exhibit.

Hawass said the money will go toward building a new Grand Museum in Cairo as well as preserving other ancient Egyptian monuments such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx.

Tutankhamun ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago from the age of eight until his death as a teenager. His tomb, packed with golden treasures, was discovered in Luxor's Valley of the Kings in 1922 by British archeologist Howard Carter.

Organizers expect that up to three million people will visit the coming U.S. exhibit, which is commanding some of the highest ticket prices ever seen. Tickets for the an adult range from $15 to $30 dollars on the first stop at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Organizers defended the price, comparing it to the cost of a movie and dinner, or a ticket to the theater or a pop concert.

"Where can you go as an adult for $30 and see ancient Egyptian artifacts that are valued at over $650 million?," said Norman. "It is unfortunate that museums can't be free anymore, but those are the economics."


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To: Tealc
...all advanced technology has been sent to Stargate Command.

Yep. The "good stuff" will not be on display. ;^)

Thanks for the heads-up... I saw the Tut display in the '70s - very impressive.

51 posted on 12/04/2004 11:36:59 AM PST by Cloud William (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: Cloud William

And thank you for the link! That site has some nice media. I am normally too lazy to rip the DVDs. :)


52 posted on 12/05/2004 12:04:26 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: My2Cents

He's my favorite honky.


53 posted on 12/05/2004 12:06:19 PM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: tiamat

Me too to your post #2 and me too to this one.


54 posted on 12/05/2004 12:09:57 PM PST by IM2MAD
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To: NormsRevenge
"Where can you go as an adult for $30 and see ancient Egyptian artifacts that are valued at over $650 million?," said Norman.

The British Museum or Metropolitan, both free (suggested donation on the Metropolitan). The Smithsonian/NGA doesn't have an extensive permanent Egyptian collection, but has a massive collection and has had excellent travelling Egyptian and Mayan exhibits in recent years, all free.

Ya, somebody pays, but they make a lot on donations, wand rentals, programs (paid lectures) and increased traffic in the gift shops and restaurants.

My major gripe with paid exhibits is that you have to pay every time, rather than getting a pass for the length of the exhibit, so if you want to see it 5 times, it costs a fortune. Unlike a movie, you have to see art multiple times. And trendy, paid exhibits are often crowded with tourists snapping pictures and asking you to get out of the way. I went to the Louvre last summer, and it was like Disneyworld.

55 posted on 12/05/2004 12:31:01 PM PST by monkey
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To: Cloud William
Glad you liked it. And speaking of links... seen the "SevGate" parody stuff yet?

Heh, heh.

56 posted on 12/05/2004 7:11:23 PM PST by Cloud William (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: NormsRevenge
King Tut Exhibit Could Prove to Be Gold Mine

Especially if the tour operators market a version of the women's T-shirt that
was sold during the last US tour.

The lady's T-shirt had two strategically placed images of Tut's death mask and a
caption that said (IIRC):
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY TUTS


I don't know how widely marketed it was, but it sure was a keeper.
57 posted on 12/05/2004 7:15:28 PM PST by VOA
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To: NormsRevenge

http://216.239.63.104/search?q=cache:b_uoquQMBu4J:www.twincities.com/mld/kansascitystar/entertainment/5595929.htm++%22hands+off+my+tuts%22&hl=en&start=1

I guess my recollection of that t-shirt (post 57) is at least recalled by someone else...
(about 1/4 down the linked page)


58 posted on 12/05/2004 7:21:20 PM PST by VOA
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King Tut Exhibit Could Prove to Be Gold Mine
Reuters ^ | Fri, Dec 03, 2004 | Jill Serjeant
Posted on 12/03/2004 11:09:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1294172/posts

King Tut, Part 2
NY Times ^ | Dec 7, 2004
Posted on 12/06/2004 7:26:13 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1295849/posts


59 posted on 12/13/2004 11:01:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: NormsRevenge; blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; SunkenCiv; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; ...
Thanks, NormsRevenge, I guess I missed the memo...
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on, off, or alter the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
The GGG Digest
-- Gods, Graves, Glyphs (alpha order)

60 posted on 12/13/2004 11:02:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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http://www.kingtut.org/venues.htm

The following are the only North American venues for the tour:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-857-6000 (general information)
323-857-0098 (TDD)
MAP

June 16, 2005 - November 15, 2005

Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale,
FL 33301
Tel: (954) 525-5500

December 15, 2005 - April 23, 2006

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
(312) 922-9410

May 26, 2006 - January 01, 2007

The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215.448.1200

February 3, 2007 - September 30, 2007


61 posted on 04/11/2005 8:08:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Deviance or rebellion without consequences is conformity.)
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The Collonade at Luxor -- those sixteen or so tall columns in two rows, seen in the middle of this image -- was actually built by King Tut, and later Ramses II -- often called Ramses the Great because he had a long reign and has a great ad hoc PR department -- had most of the traces removed. His own cartouche was carved over Tut's, except nearest the top.

Luxor

62 posted on 04/11/2005 8:25:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Deviance or rebellion without consequences is conformity.)
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To: Berosus

It's coming to Florida. :')


63 posted on 04/11/2005 8:26:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Deviance or rebellion without consequences is conformity.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I see, to Ft. Lauderdale. That's just over 200 miles from Orlando. Thanks.

I'll have to take a day off from work, at least. Remember when I went to the Tampa Bay area to see David Rohl last year? The folks at the New Chronology group finally finished working on the DVD of that seminar last month, and my copy arrived in the mail on Saturday.


64 posted on 04/11/2005 6:08:55 PM PDT by Berosus
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To: reagan_fanatic
Got a condo

Made of stona

65 posted on 04/11/2005 6:12:05 PM PDT by pbear8 (I love you JPII, pray for us)
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To: NormsRevenge

Funky Tut!

66 posted on 04/11/2005 6:13:36 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: NormsRevenge
"Where can you go as an adult for $30 and see ancient Egyptian artifacts that are valued at over $650 million?," said Norman. "It is unfortunate that museums can't be free anymore, but those are the economics."

I could say the same about health care...

67 posted on 04/11/2005 6:15:00 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: eastforker

At the Franklin, in Philly.


68 posted on 04/11/2005 6:15:44 PM PDT by blu (The Pope, the Gipper and the Iron Lady...now THAT'S a trifecta!)
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To: tiamat

I saw the 70's exhibit at the Field Museum in Chcago, very cool, now I get to go again and bring my daughter!


69 posted on 04/11/2005 6:23:32 PM PDT by MomwithHope
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To: MomwithHope

I saw the 70's exhibit in NYC with my mom!!!


70 posted on 04/11/2005 6:27:31 PM PDT by Gabz (John Paul II, pray for us.)
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To: what's up

anschutz is an interesting person.

started in kansas. railroads. laid fiber optics along the tracks. started qwest. bought out u.s. west. bought out movie theaters.

then he did predictably what every denver billionaire does--went to los angeles.


71 posted on 04/11/2005 6:28:47 PM PDT by ken21 (if you didn't see it on tv, then it didn't happen. /s)
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To: NormsRevenge
Fellow Freepers:

I come to you today with hat in hat. I need your help. You see, I am only $10.00 away from being able to prove that I am a direct descendant of King Tutankhamen and that the treasures that have been held hostage for years by the Egyptian government actually belong to me. Of course, with your generous help, I can claim these treasures and share them with the folks here at FreeRepublic. Donations are being accepted at the address below. Bless you.

Bev Harris
72 posted on 04/11/2005 6:33:27 PM PDT by whereasandsoforth (Stamp out liberals with the big boot of truth)
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To: SunkenCiv; Owl_Eagle

No way, the Franklin Institute! Thanks.


73 posted on 04/11/2005 6:34:59 PM PDT by Keme (Bush Contra Mundum)
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To: Clemenza
I hope Steve Martin reprises the role.

He ought to be compelled to.

74 posted on 04/11/2005 6:37:01 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Almost 2 years to wait, but it's coming to Philly! YES!!!


75 posted on 04/11/2005 6:41:54 PM PDT by Fresh Wind
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To: NormsRevenge

Good work. Maybe the author could have included the cities and maybe even thrown in the dates? Sheesh! ;-) Ft Lauderdale's not too far ...


76 posted on 04/11/2005 6:50:11 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (I'm not winking - this way I only have to hit the shift key once - so I'm lazy! ;-)
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