Wow! Goodwill found in Texas turns out to be an ancient Roman bust

Wow! Goodwill found in Texas turns out to be an ancient Roman bust

A marble bust that a Texas woman bought for around $35 from a Goodwill store is temporarily on display at a San Antonio museum after experts determined it was a centuries-old sculpture that disappeared of Germany since World War II. The bust, which art collector Laura Young found at Goodwill in 2018, once belonged to the collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, according to the San Antonio Art Museum, which exhibits temporarily the piece until it is sent back to Germany next year. The ancient Roman bust dates to the first century BC or first century AD It was last seen in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and experts believe a soldier took the sculpture and brought it to the United States. United, the museum said. A Sotheby’s consultant has identified the work and it has been authenticated, the museum said. “We are very happy that a piece of Bavarian history that we thought was lost has reappeared and can soon return to its rightful place,” said Bernd Schreiber, chairman of the Bavarian administration. Young said there were a few months of “intense excitement” after learning the story behind the coin, which she found on the floor under a table at a Goodwill in Austin, Texas.” But it was bittersweet because I knew I couldn’t keep or sell the (bust),” she said. “Anyway, I’m glad I got to be part of a small part of (his) long and complicated story, and he looked great in the house while I had him.”

A marble bust that a Texas woman bought for around $35 from a Goodwill store is temporarily on display at a San Antonio museum after experts determined it was a centuries-old sculpture that disappeared of Germany since World War II.

The bust, which art collector Laura Young found at Goodwill in 2018, once belonged to the collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, according to the San Antonio Museum of Art, which temporarily displays the piece until be sent back to Germany next year.

The ancient Roman bust dates from the first century BC or the first century AD. It was last seen in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and experts believe a soldier took the sculpture and brought it to the United States, the museum said.

A Sotheby’s consultant identified the work and it was later authenticated, the museum said.

“We are very pleased that a piece of Bavarian history that we thought was lost has reappeared and can soon find its rightful place again,” said Bernd Schreiber, chairman of the Bavarian Administration for Castles, Gardens and Lakes belonging to the State. .

Young said there were a few months of “intense excitement” after learning the story behind the coin, which she found on the floor under a table at a Goodwill in Austin, Texas.

“But it was bittersweet because I knew I couldn’t keep or sell the (bust),” she said. “Anyway, I’m glad I got to be part of a small part of (his) long and complicated story, and he looked great in the house while I had him.”

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