The £1.4m doorstop (ctd.)

August 30 2022

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Picture:BBC News

Back in 2016 AHN reported on the discovery in Scotland of a valuable marble bust of Sir John Gordon by Bouchardon, which was found being used as a doorstop on an industrial estate. The bust was lent to exhibitions at the Louvre and the Getty, but is now about to be sold by Highland Council, which appears to have claimed ownership of it. In 2016, it wasn't clear - as Ashmolean curator Colin Harrison pointed out to AHN - who actually owned it. The latest BBC news report on the bust, thought to be worth £1.4m, appears to confirm that nobody has settled the ownership question, but the council want to sell it anyway. Which seems like a shame.

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