The organizer of the new U.S. exhibit displaying gilded tomb treasures from Egypt's King Tutankhamun paid $4 million in premiums to protect the priceless artifacts.

The American exhibit began June 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and will later visit museums in Fort Lauderdale, Chicago and Philadelphia. The 27-month tour involves 131 ancient artifacts, including the "royal diadem," the gold crown discovered encircling the head of the king's mummified body, and a canopic coffinette that contained the king's mummified internal organs.

This is the second time the King Tut treasures are touring the United States. In their first visit, during the late-1970s, the exhibit prompted King Tut-mania, creating new hairstyles, dance numbers and a hit song, "King Tut," by comedian Steve Martin that sold more than a million copies.

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