SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A marble bust that a Texas woman bought for about $35 at a Goodwill store is on temporary display at a San Antonio museum after experts determined it was a centuries-old sculpture that disappeared in Germany since World War II.
The bust, which art collector Laura Young found at Goodwill in 2018, was once in the collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, according to the San Antonio Museum of Art, which is temporarily displaying the piece until it is returned to Germany next year. anus.
The ancient Roman bust dates from the 1st century BC. C. or the 1st century AD. C. and historians believe it may represent a son of Pompey the Great, who was defeated in the civil war by Julius Caesar, the museum said. The sculpture 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 further authenticated it, the museum said.
“We are very pleased that a part of Bavarian history that we thought was lost has reappeared and will soon be able to return to its rightful location,” said Bernd Schreiber, chairman of the Bavarian State Administration of Palaces, Gardens and Lakes. .
Young said there were a few months of “intense excitement” after learning the story behind the piece, which he found on the floor under a table at Goodwill in Austin, Texas.
Young reached an agreement to return the bust to Germany with the help of a lawyer who specializes in international art law, Austin radio station KUT reported. The terms of that agreement were confidential.
“But it was bittersweet because I knew I couldn’t keep or sell the (bust),” he said. “Either way, I’m glad I was a small part of (his) long and complicated history with him, and he looked great in the house while I had him.”