AN ancient Roman helmet found in a British field by a treasure hunter with a metal detector has sold for STG2.3 million ($A3.7 million), auctioneers Christie’s say.
The “exceptional” bronze cavalry parade helmet dates from the late first century or early second century, and features a well-preserved face mask, locks of curly hair and a griffin atop the cap.
It sold to an anonymous telephone buyer for more than eight times the estimated price after a bidding war between six prospective owners on Thursday.
“When the helmet was first brought to Christie’s and I saw it first hand, I could scarcely believe my eyes,” the head of antiquities at Christie’s in London, Georgiana Aitken, said.
“This is an exceptional object – an extraordinary and haunting face from the past – and it has captured the imagination and the enthusiasm of everyone who has come to Christie’s to admire it over the past few weeks.”
“In all, six bidders fought for the helmet – three by telephone, two in the room and one via the internet from California,” Aitken said.
How lucky can you get. I wonder how long this person has been treasure hunting in fields? Well it seems it finally paid off. I have always been interested in Ancient History, so if I had found something like this it certainly would be hard to part with. Would the money side win out in the end, or would I rather keep it? In a way this dilemma would be a nightmare.