An Egyptian archaeological delegation Thursday headed for Paris to retrieve locks of hair from the mummy of Ramses II (about 1,302 BC - 1,213 BC), one of the greatest pharaohs in ancient Egypt, the official news agency MENA reported.
Chairman of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass said the retrieving of the precious hair was guaranteed under a protocol signed between Egypt and France 31 years ago.
Hawass hailed the efforts exerted by the French authorities to get back the stolen locks.
The tress of Ramses II's hair has been lost for 32 years before appearing in France when it was offered for auction in the Internet last year.
The French authorities handed over Ramses II's hair to the Egyptian embassy in Paris after arresting a doctor who sought to sell them via the Internet for 2,500 euros, said MENA.
The man said he had obtained the relic when his father worked on the pharaoh's mummy in France in the 1970s, it said.
Ramses II's mummified body was moved to France in 1976 for treatment to stop it being destroyed by fungus.
Ramses II was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the 19th dynasty ( about 1,292 BC - 1,185 BC). Ramses II's mummy was found in 1881.