“His head was on the floor under a shop window,” said Yang, who works as an antiques dealer. “It definitely looked old. It was carved marble.”
Young bought the 52-pound, 19-inch bust for $ 34.99 in 2018, sharing photos on her Instagram account of the statue that was strapped to her back seat with a seat belt. Another photo showed the statue on a table at the end of her house wearing a mask.
After bringing it home, he began researching and discovering that the work of art was in fact a bust of the July-Claudius era depicting the famous Roman commander Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus, also known as Drusus Germanicus or Drusus the Elder.
“It’s probably the most beautiful thing I will ever find,” Yang said. “The most special. There is a lot of history.”
Friends at an auction house in London have confirmed that the bust was a genuine ancient relic. Another auction house confirmed to Young that the bust was on a 100-year-old catalog of a German art museum.
How the statue arrived in Texas is a mystery. Experts believe the bust was found in Texas thanks to an American soldier stationed in Aschaffenburg during World War II. The statue must now be returned to its rightful owner.
“It’s bittersweet because I can not sell it! I’m a trader,” laughed Young. “I’m trying to live!”
Before heading to Germany, the Germanicus bust will be on display at the San Antonio Museum of Art for a year, starting this week.
“I would love to know where he was before I found him,” Yang said. “But we may not know it.”
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