When a Texas woman shopping at an Austin Goodwill in 2018 spotted a marble bust for $34.99, she took note of its natural wear and gravitas and knew it was special.
But little did Laura Young, who owns Temple of Vintage and has an eye for treasures, know at the time just how special it is: It is an ancient Roman bust that’s nearly 2,000 years old and of one of Julius Caesar’s greatest enemies. The bust was also once owned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria and looted from the Nazis by American soldiers during World War II.
Young started contacting specialists from museums and auction houses about the bust and Jörg Deterling, a consultant at Sotheby’s, was eventually able to identify it as a relic from the Julio-Claudian era.
The bust is thought to portray the military leader Sextus Pompey, a son of Pompey the Great who took on Julius Caesar in a Civil War and lost. Sextus, who was eventually executed, attempted to avenge his father in a battle with Caesar’s successors.
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