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1) Roman bust found in Texas charity shop to return to Germany after more than 70 years

A Roman bust discovered in a US charity shop and bought for just $34.99 will be repatriated to Germany.

Roan bust

Portrait of a man, Roman, c.1st century BC-early 1st century AD. Image: Bavarian Administration of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens, and Lakes.

2) Men found guilty of selling Anglo Saxon coins from Herefordshire Hoard

In the latest of a series of court cases, two men have been found guilty of trying to sell rare Anglo-Saxon coins.

Herefordshire Hoard

Previously recovered items from the Herefordshire Hoard. Images: West Mercia Police.

3) Crowning glory: George II coronation relic rings a bell

A small group of coronation bells survive today, of which the earliest example is thought to have been used at the coronation of Charles II in 1660.


George II bell by Francis Garthorne, London, c.1727, £7200 at Woolley & Wallis.

4) A £65,000 price reflects considerable appeal of stumpwork mirror frame

A small collection of 17th century stumpwork offered at Lindsay Burns in Perth was topped by this japanned and needlework mirror frame.


A japanned and needlework mirror and frame, £65,000 at Lindsay Burns.

5) Superstar Freddie Mercury's private collection to be sold at Sotheby’s this autumn

From stage costumes, handwritten lyrics and guitars to Victorian paintings, a Faberge clock and Japanese art, the private collection of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (1946-91) is to be offered in a series of auctions.

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury with Queen at Wembley Stadium 1986, wearing his crown and cloak. ©Denis O’Regan

Image: Denis O’Regan.

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