Ancient limestone mask heading to auction
An ancient limestone mask thought to be 9,000 years old will go on sale at a Christie's auction in June. The rare piece, from the Middle East, represents what is believed to be the oldest item ever offered by the auction house.
The mask dates from the Neolithic period, around the seventh millennium B.C., according to Christie's. The piece is 9 inches long and comes from the Judean desert in Israel, which stretches east from Jerusalem to the Jordan River.