Nefertiti bust moved to new Berlin home

October 5, 2009 7:24:45 AM PDT
A famous 3,300-year-old bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti has been moved to its new permanent home at Berlin's restored Neues Museum.

The city's museum authority says in a statement that officials moved Nefertiti "with the greatest care" on Sunday from the adjacent Altes Museum, her temporary home in recent years.

The plaster-and-limestone bust will go on view to the public Oct. 17 when the Neues Museum reopens. The building has been restored painstakingly after lying unused since World War II, when bomb damage ruined much of it.

Nefertiti first went on show at the Neues Museum - one of five buildings that makes up Berlin's neoclassical Museum Island complex - before the war.

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