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At Aphrodite's head appeared on the shoulders

June 8 2006

Ancient Roman marble statue of the goddess of love Aphrodite was sold at auction auction house Sotheby's in New York for nearly $ 1 million.

Aphrodite was the main lot at an auction dedicated to antiques. Michael Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta gave a statue of 968,000 dollars, more than twice its original cost in 400 thousand dollars, reports Bloomberg.

Statue of about 2 thousand years. The samples for it served as a so-called Venus Capitolina. It is interesting that for an additional 50 thousand dollars museum has received, and the head of the statue of Aphrodite that was lost at some point after 1830. In 1836, a record catalogs on art, his head was still in place, and in 1950 a statue of private collectors have purchased without a head.

In 2002, the head was sold separately at auction Sotheby's. And just before the June 2006 auction house experts have established that the head and torso of Aphrodite belong to the sculpture. "Sotheby's contacted the owners of the head, and they agreed to sell it to the purchaser of the statue.

Thus, if we add the amount given for the torso and head, the total statue of the goddess of love has cost the museum even more than a million dollars.

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