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1800-year-old Elvis Presley Sculpture

July 23, 2008 | Other

It looks like Elvis might have been rocking Rome almost 2,000 years ago after a marble carving - the spitting-image of the king - was revealed. The 1,800-year-old Roman bust is now due to go under the hammer as part of a £1 million auction at Bonhams in London.

Dating back to 400 BC it bares a striking resemblance with Elvis, down to the over-the-top quiff and distinctive jaw line.Fans would be forgiven for thinking that their idol may well have lived a previous life in Rome.A spokesman for Bonhams, said: "The likeness is so great that Graham Geddes, the collector himself calls the carving "Elvis." "It is perhaps the strangest item in the sale, certainly to modern eyes."

The 'Elvis' bust is one of 150 lots, which once belonged to Australian collector Graham Geddes, which will be auctioned in October, other items include rare Greek and Roman vases and marble reliefs portraying battle scenes.

FJE wrote on July 23, 2008
Oh well! That accounts for Elvis' penchant for Italian songs like O Sole Mio, Torna A Sorrento, Io, Santa Lucia - and Heart Of Rome!!
John4126 wrote on July 23, 2008
It looks like the bad guy form the movie 'The Mask'!
Brian Quinn wrote on July 23, 2008
Well Elvis sang about being 'Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago'. Many great people believe they have lived before. U.S. General George S. Patton believed he had been at the scene of previous battles by the Carthaginians and others.
Sean Ryan wrote on July 23, 2008
Dont think it looks anything like Elvis.
Jerome returns wrote on July 23, 2008
that's Charlie Rich!!..
Viva wrote on July 23, 2008
So, it looks as if McFarlane were producing the same old tat 1800 years ago. Does it have an EPE sticker on the bottom? If not, expect the ancient Romans to be slapped with a pretty hefty lawsuit any time soon, that'll teach 'em.
Jumpin Jehosaphat wrote on July 23, 2008
With that forehead he may have truly been King of the Jungle but only Ape Man not Tiger Man
Dixieland Rock wrote on July 23, 2008
Wow, it took 1,800 years for "Elvis On Tour in Egypt" to be released.....lol Maybe 1,800 years from now "Satisfied" & "Rag Mop" will be uncovered by archeologists.
Dixieland Rock wrote on July 23, 2008
I mean't "Elvis On Tour in Rome".
Harvey Alexander wrote on July 24, 2008
Why has such a poor 'news story' had so many posts? Just goes to show what the average mentality is of most posters here...
Greg Nolan wrote on August 04, 2008
Nah, it's an odd news story that happens to be sort of interesting. Charlie Rich and others borrowed some of the Elvis look, wouldn' t you think? I think it's a remarkable and sort of funny find..
dressingroomrehearsa wrote on August 06, 2008
from somewhere in the heart of rome...¦-) wherever that is, rome ny, rome italy...elvix porbably carved his first record at memphis egypt...dating a little egypt...performing at the pyramid