The Washington PostThe Washington Post

Shopper pays $34.99 at Goodwill for a priceless ancient Roman bust

By Jonathan Edwards

10 May 2022 · 5 min read

Laura Young was treasure-hunting at her local Goodwill in 2018 when she spotted it - a white sculpture among the knickknacks and hand-me-downs. Acting on a hunch, she touched the bust to confirm it wasn't a cheap, plastic knockoff. It was cold, heavy and marble.

"This is the real deal. You can feel it," she told The Washington Post.

Sign in to informed

  • Curated articles from premium publishers, ad-free
  • Concise Daily Briefs with quick-read summaries
  • Read, listen, save for later, or enjoy offline
  • Enjoy personalized content