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Rag and bone legacy is pure gold

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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 08:19 AM
"A metal cup acquired by a rag and bone man from Somerset has been revealed to be a pure gold goblet from the 3rd or 4th Century BC, worth up to £500,000.

The vessel has two female faces looking in opposite directions with their foreheads decorated with a snake motif.

William Sparks, who ran a scrap metal business in Taunton during the 1930s and 40s, left the ancient treasure to his young grandson John Webber";

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Woah, how cool is that
? Its such a shame though that we will never know exactly where it was found, considering the richness of this treasure and the fact that this is kings/emperor quality treasure, the burial ground where this was originally found was probably full of all kinds of other magnificent and important artifacts.
Still though, great stuff that its in proper care now, if only the goblet could tell us its long story though that would be awesome.

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 05:55 PM
Depending on the country, often more than 80% of the known artifacts are on the open market having been taken from the ground by looters.

Amazingly this piece wasn't melted down

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 06:13 PM
I just was reading the samething..

LONDON (AFP) - An ancient gold cup mysteriously acquired by an English scrap metal dealer is expected to fetch close to a million dollars at auction after languishing for years in a shoe box under its current owner's bed.

Owner John Webber says his grandfather gave him the 5.5-inch (14-centimetre) high mug to play with when he was a child, back in 1945.

He assumed the golden cup, which is decorated with the heads of two women facing in opposite directions, their foreheads garlanded with two knotted snakes, was made from brass.

But he decided to get it valued when he was moving house last year and was told it was actually a rare piece of ancient Persian treasure, beaten out of a single sheet of gold hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ.

Experts said the method of manufacture and the composition of the gold was "consistent with Achaemenid gold and gold smithing" dating back to the third or fourth century BC.

The Achaemenid empire, the first of the Persian empires to rule over significant portions of Greater Iran, was wiped out by Alexander the Great in 330 BC.

Auction house Duke's, in Dorchester, south-west England, will put the cup under the hammer on June 5, with an estimate of 500,000 pounds (630,000-euro, 988,000-dollars).

Webber, 70, told The Guardian newspaper that his grandfather had a "good eye" for antiques and picked up "all sorts" as he plied his trade in the town of Taunton in south-west England.

"Heaven knows where he got this, he never said," he added, revealing that as a child, he used the cup for target practice with his air gun.

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 11:39 PM
Its also possible its a forgery but after that price was paid it now become real!

(you can use gold from a known ancient sight and recast it into a more sellable item). People will pay more for something that looks nice AND is of gold or silver.

One wonders where it was looted from. It could also be an 'erratic'.

An erratic by the way is an ancient item that is handed down generation by generation.

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 11:45 PM
I broke the news here when it was two minutes old...

Carry on.

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