PARIS: A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record on Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition  in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the ''exhibition of the century'' in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see ''Tutankhamun and His Times'' at the Petit Palais.

''Tutankhumun : Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh'' - which has been described as a ''once in generation'' show - will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked  ''Tutmania'', with 1.6 million thronging the British Museum.

More than 150 treasures from the monarch's tomb - including 60 which have never left Egypt before - have been assembled for the show.

The Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities said this was the largest number of Tutankhamun artefacts ever to have left Cairo.

Almost all of the 3,400 exhibits come from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and are never likely to leave the country again.

Its unparalleled collection is being transferred to the enormous new Grand Egyptian Museum near the pyramids at Giza, which is due to open next year.

Mustafa Waziry, the Egyptian ministry's secretary general, said the show - which also visits Sydney next year - will help pay for the new Giza museum. [AFP]


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