Woman Finds A Stolen Ancient Roman Bust At Goodwill For $35
The Roman bust of Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus went viral last year after it was found at a Goodwill for just $35. Obviously, nobody knew what it was, and figured it was just some weird art piece somebody was given as a housewarming or something.
According to a spokesperson with the San Antonio Museum of Art, where the bust has been displayed since it was realized for what it truly was, the art will be returned to Germany.
The centuries-old piece of art is believed to be modeled after Germanicus, the Roman military commander, and politician who died around 9 BC in Germania - an area of European lands around the Rhine River, Vistula River, Danube River, North Sea, and Baltic Sea.
Historians believe the bust was sculpted between 1 BC and 1 AD, according to the San Antonio Museum of Art. They believe they've traced it back to where it was previously displayed - in the courtyard at King Ludwig I of Bavaria's Pompejanum.
The bust has been missing since World War II, when historians think an Allied forces soldier took the sculpture from Pompejanum after it was heavily bombed.
Check out this video from when the bust was found by antiquer Laura Young, who discovered what she thought was a cool-looking marble bust under a table at her local Goodwill.
The bust will be returned to its home in Germany on May 21st, so if you want to see a piece of world history lost to time and reclaimed, you better get to the San Antonio Museum of Art.