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- Posted on Oct 21st 2008 4:00PM by James Sullivan
A marble bust of Elvis dating back 1,800 years sold at auction in London for $42,000. Elvis, of course, did not actually pose for the likeness, which was once part of a Roman sarcophagus from the second century A.D. But the sculpture, with its heavy brow, full lips and impressive mane, bears an uncanny resemblance.
"It's the quiff that does it," said an antiques specialist. "It wasn't a hairstyle of the day as far as I know."
Elvis in Rome, just before the fall of the empire: mere coincidence? We suspect not. The Romans had a short-term emperor named Publius Helvius Pertinax, whose middle name in Italian is ... Elvizio.
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