Friday, 3 October 2014

Time Travelling Herm?

"Nicolas Koutoulakis Collection,
Geneva (sic), acquired circa 1965, thence by descen
Bonhams Auction 21928 , Antiquities Lot 41

The above collecting history is very odd, and one wonders how it was verified. Catherine Schofield Sezgin ('Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis provides three images from Becchina archive of Roman marble head of Hermes Propylaios recently pulled from Bonhams auction in London' ARCA Blog October 3, 2014) shows photos of it which were apparently posted by a Greek looter named Costas Gaitanis (from Herakleion, Krete) to Basle dealer Gianfranco Becchina. The postmarks on the envelope are of May 29th, 1987. Really? Is this evidence that another Bonhams object has been able to travel in time, and be in two places at once like Ka Nefer Nefer's mummy mask?

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