Thursday, 16 October 2008

Elvis and Bonhams: "You'll Be (Going, Going) Gone"

The staff of Bonhams were probably looking for some crumb of good news after yesterday's sale of antiquities. And it comes in the form of a very short piece in The Express: "GBP 24,000 for 'Elvis'" (October 16, 2008). It relates to lot 65 of the Graham Geddes collection that received so much publicity earlier in the summer. The head, deemed to share a profile with the King, once formed part of a Roman sarcophagus.
Antiquities specialist Georgiana Aitken said: "It bears an uncanny likeness to Elvis. It's the quiff that does it. It wasn't a hairstyle of the day as far as I know."

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