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From The Scotsman:
Rare statue rescued from the deep is a £45,000 catch for fishermen
CRAIG BROWN (email@example.com)
THREE divers landed the catch of a lifetime when they discovered a 19th century Italian sculpture worth thousands of pounds buried in the silt beneath Scottish waters.
Skipper Hector Stewart and his colleagues James Turner and Sean D’Arcy had been diving for shellfish in the freezing cold waters of the firth on January 23 when one of them noticed what he described as an “odd-shaped stone” jutting out of the sea bed.
“We were diving for otter shells, considered a delicacy in the Far East, when James saw what he thought was an odd-shaped stone,” he explained.
“We didn’t think much of it until I spotted what looked like a necklace”.
Once they had cleared the sand from around the sculpture, the men loaded it into a fish box and tied an air bag to it to get it to the surface.
“It took all three of us to get it into the boat” said Mr Stuart who estimated it weighed around 13 stone. The work bears the maker’s name with the words “Roma 1869” on the back.
Similar pieces by Rinaldi – whose work is displayed in the Louvre – have fetched large sums at auction in the past. One piece went for £23,000 ten years ago.
Sotheby‘s have already said that the sculpture, which has been preserved perfectly in the sand, could be worth up to £45,000.
Rinaldo Rinaldi should not be confused with Rinaldo Rinaldini, a fictional Corsican/Italian robber and the title character of a 1798 book, a twentieth century film, etc.
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