An exhibition of 55 priceless Egyptian treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamen opened at the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, on Tuesday (16 November) and was soon drawing big crowds.
GV ZOOM IN TO CU Gold mask of Tutankhamen (2 shots)
SV Photograph of gold casque when it was originally found
SVs Items found in Tutankhamen's tomb (3 shots)
SV TILT DOWN Casque of Tutankhamen
SVs Items found in Tutankhamen's tomb including gold necklace (3 shots)
SVs People looking at souvenirs of exhibition (4 shots)
CU Copy of Tutankhamen's head
REPORTER: "This is what King Tutankhamen, also known as King Tut, looked like. The mask is solid gold and was crafted in the 14th century BC to cover the head and shoulders of King Tut's mummy. King Tutankhamen was given the name King Tut in American newspaper stories about the discovery of his tomb in 1922. The tomb was found by a British archaeologist. It was considered one of the most exciting archaeological finds of this century.
"Fifty-five items from the tomb will be on display at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibit represents only a few of the items found in the tomb. The original discovery included hundreds of artifacts. Fifty-five of the best were selected and shipped to this country by the United States Navy. The National Gallery is expecting large crowds to look at items like this one -- a gold collar which was found on the mummy of King Tut. Negotiations for the cultural exchange with Egypt were started by Richard Nixon and completed by Henry Kissinger a year ago.
"Now it is expected the Tut exhibit will set off a King Tut boom. You can buy imitation Tut jewellery at 20 cents a throw, statues at 1,500 dollars. But so far at least, as far as we know, there will be no King Tut tee-shirt."
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Background: An exhibition of 55 priceless Egyptian treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamen opened at the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, on Tuesday (16 November) and was soon drawing big crowds. Tom Pettit of NBC News visited the display.