Police seize two 1st century Roman statues in Spain before being sold on the black market

Police seize two 1st century Roman statues in Spain before being sold on the black market

A pair of Roman bronze statues from the 1st century that were to be sold on the black market, have been recovered by the police in Jaen. The statues, worth six million euros each, were stolen from the Roman city Sacilis martialis, believed to be two representations of Castor and Pollux.

The statues, 1.50 and 1.30 meters high, represent two naked men and each piece weighs about 30 kilos, showing a Good condition general, although some parts have been lost, such as the breast of one or the genitalia of the other.

The police managed to find them on a farm in Pedro Abad, in Córdoba, whose property was owned by two brothers who planned to sell them for half their real value. According to Commissioner Daniel Salgado, “they were to be sold on the black market to an Italian buyer through an intermediary. Now Interpol is behind the buyer”.

The statues will now be brought to the Cordoba Museum to be restored.

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