I read an article in today's Metro about an 1,800 year old Roman relic, which not only resembles the late Elvis Presley, it has a similar hairstyle.
Maybe, Elvis had another life as a Roman pop star. :-)
I've always loved Elvis Presley. He will always be the King of Rock 'n' Roll in my eyes.
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1,800 year-old relic of Elvis Presley
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The King is back, long live the King Those with suspicious minds may scoff – but this 1,800-year-old relic is the spitting image of Elvis Presley.
Complete with quiff and strong jaw, the likeness to the singer in his Las Vegas years is uncanny.
It has been verified by experts, who say it is a decoration found on the corners of a Roman coffin.
'Fans seeing this face from the distant past will be forgiven for thinking that their idol may well have lived a previous life in Rome,' said a spokesman for Bonhams, which is auctioning the item in October.
This Elvis probably dates back to about 200 AD – about 1,750 years before the birth of rock'n'roll.
But it could even date to 400 BC, experts claim.
The bust is an authentic acroterion – an ornament often found on the corners of sarcophagi, stone burial chambers where the most important people were laid to rest.
It is part of one of the world's most stunning private collections of ancient art, which will go under the hammer in London.
The 150 lots, once owned by Australian collector Graham Geddes, include Greek and Roman vases and reliefs showing battle scenes.
Many of these will go for up to £90,000 each although Elvis is unlikely to make even a fraction of that, unless the resemblance sparks a bidding war between fans.
The figure could fetch as much as £25,000 when it is sold.
'It is perhaps the strangest item in the sale, certainly to modern eyes.
'The likeness is so great that the collector himself calls the carving Elvis,' added the spokesman for the auctioneer.
'Looking at this face with its quiff, jaw and nose, one is led to the thought that the human face, for all is diversity and subtlety, has an ability to repeat itself.'
It is not just auction house staff who are taken aback by the bust – others are all shook up too.
'It bears an uncanny likeness. It's the quiff that does it,' said Greek and Roman art expert Georgiana Aitken.
'You do get some weird and wacky things at the corners of sarcophagi. The quiff was not a hairstyle of the day as far as I know.'