Last Updated on 2/4/2007 by bidz

Rare statue rescued from the deep is a 45,000 pounds ($88,000 U.S.) catch for fishermen

The Scotsman

“THREE divers landed the catch of a lifetime when they discovered a 19th century Italian sculpture worth thousands of pounds buried in the silt beneath Scottish waters.

Experts have identified the marble piece found in the Firth of Clyde as a bust of a woman by Rinaldo Rinaldi, a renowned 19th century artist.

…Historians say the statue is likely to have come from a 130-year-old shipwreck. The area is also known to have once been used by smugglers, and the remains of abandoned vessels are scattered around the seabed.”

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