The 1800-year-old Roman bust that looks just like Elvis!July 23rd, 2008 - 5:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 24 (ANI): An 1800-year-old Roman bustdubbed as Elvis due to its striking resemblance to the King of Rock Elvis Presley, is set to go under the hammer in October.
The Roman sculpture, called an acroterion, is carved in marble on the corner of a sarcophagus dating from the second century AD and is expected to fetch between 25,000 pounds and 30,000.
The bust is among a collection of ancient art owned by the Melbourne-based dealer Graham Geddes.
The collection includes more than 50 classical Greek vases and 30 pieces of marble sculpture and is expected to sell for more than 1m pounds.
“Fans of the King of Rock ”n Roll, seeing this face from the distant past will be forgiven for thinking that their idol may well have lived a previous life in Rome, the Telegraph quoted a spokesman for Bonhams auctioneers, as saying.
“Looking at this face with its Elvis-like quiff, strong jaw and nose, one is inevitably led to the thought that the human face for all is diversity and subtlety has after all an ability to repeat itself,” he added.
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