SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A marble bust that a woman in Texas bought for $34.99 at a Goodwill store is now temporarily on display at a museum.
Experts first determined that the bust was indeed a centuries-old sculpture missing from Germany since World War II — now it is being shown to the world at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
The bust, which art collector Laura Young found at Goodwill in 2018, once belonged in the collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, according to the museum, which is temporarily displaying the piece until it is returned to Germany next year.
The ancient Roman bust dates to the first century B.C. or first century A.D. It 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 it was further authenticated, the museum said.
“We are very pleased that a piece of Bavarian history that we thought was lost has reappeared and will soon be able to return to its rightful location,” said Bernd Schreiber, president of the Bavarian Administration of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens, and Lakes.
Young said there were a few months of “intense excitement” after learning the history behind the piece, which she found on the floor beneath a table at a Goodwill in Austin.
“But it was bittersweet since I knew I couldn’t keep or sell the (bust),” she said. “Either way, I’m glad I got to be a small part of (its) long and complicated history, and he looked great in the house while I had him.”
Exactly how the bust — which weighs 52 pounds — got from Bavaria to Austin is still unknown, but experts at the San Antonio museum believe a returning troop may have smuggled it to America.
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