Texas Thrift Store: 2,000-Year-Old Roman Bust for $35


After being lost since WWII, a Roman bust of 2,000 years was found in a Texas thrift store.

Laura Young, an art collector, rescued the relic from the San Antonio Museum of Art in 2018. According to My San Antonio.

The 50-pound marble bust cost $34.99 to the woman, unaware of its true value.

Young met with an auction house London to confirm that the sculpture was likely a portrait bust from Drusus Germanicus, a Roman general.

The Pompejanum, a German Museum built by King Ludwig I in 1840s, was where the bust was last seen.

According to the SAMA Website, during WWII, Aschaffenburg — the city where the Pompejanum is located — was targeted, resulting in both the damage of the museum and the disappearance of the bust.

According to the outlet, experts believe that the bust may have been brought home by a returning soldier because the U.S. Army had established military facilities throughout Aschaffenburg, which lasted until the Cold War.

Now, the sculpture has been loaned to San Antonio Museum of Art by the Bavarian Administration of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens, and Lakes. 

“Portrait of a Man,”It will be on display until May 21, 2023. Then, it will be returned to Germany via a post from the local art museum.

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