A woman from Texas has turned in a 2,000-year-old Roman bust that she purchased for $34.99. She purchased the bust from a Goodwill store four years ago for $34.99.
Laura Young revealed to her Instagram followers that she discovered the historic 52-pound marble relic at the Far West Goodwill in Austin, Texas, in 2018.
Goodwill did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, which was submitted outside of normal business hours.
Young told KUT, an Austin-based public radio station, that after doing some research, she contacted an auction house, which confirmed that the piece was an authentic bust of Alexander the Great.
Insider reached out to her for comment, but she did not respond immediately.
In the 1800s, the bust was owned by King Ludwig of Bavaria, who displayed it in the courtyard of Pompejandum, a replica of a courtyard in the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy, according to art law firm Amineddoleh & Associates, which advised Young on the discovery.
Pompejandum was shelled by allied forces from the United States in 1944 and 1945, and some items, including the bust, were lost as a result.
‘Dennis Reynolds,’ Young named the bust in honour of the narcissistic, well-groomed co-star of the FX comedy series ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.’
Young had a collection of busts, and he was one of them.
“He was attractive, but he was also cold and aloof.
I couldn’t really have him in my life.
He was difficult to work with “Young stated to KUT.
“So, yeah, Dennis was the nickname I gave him.”
Young told KUT that Amineddoleh & Associates eventually closed on a deal that would provide Dennis with a permanent home.
Young received a small finders’ fee as part of the agreement, which would remain confidential.
Because the looted piece was not sold by the museum or the German government, Amineddoleh & Associates asserted that it remained property of the Bavarian State and that Young would have made “hundreds of thousands of dollars” if the piece had been sold on the open market.
Outside of normal business hours, Insider’s request for comment was not immediately responded to by the law firm.
“I was like, ‘OK, I’m not going to be able to keep him and I’m not going to be able to sell him,'” Young told The New York Times.
She continued, saying: “It was, to put it mildly, a bittersweet experience.
However, I only have control over what I can control, and art theft, or looting during a war, is considered a war crime in the United States.
I’m unable to attend.”
The bust will be loaned for one year to the San Antonio Museum of Art, which gave Young credit for the discovery thanks to his Goodwill efforts.
It will then be returned to the Bavarian Administration of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens, and Lakes in the German state of Bavaria.