A fine pair of Greek Antelope Earrings, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
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Consisting of a circlet of gold wire, that tapers from an animal's head at the front end to a hooked point which passes through a loop below the animal's throat, the head intricately detailed and the loop textured with twisted wire.
Dimensions: Length: 2 cm (0.78 inches)
Condition: Delicate condition, eye inlays now missing, overall in very good condition.
Provenance: Vernon Pick (1903 - 1986) private collection assembled in Switzerland in the late 1950's and then by descent to Pick's nephew, Mr. Jim Hanson, Minnesota. Vernon Pick, a middle-aged electrician from Minnesota, turned uranium prospecting into a multimillion dollar proposition. After nine months of fruitless prospecting, Pick discovered uranium 75 miles southwest of Green River, in Emery County in Utah on June 21, 1952. He staked several claims and called them the Delta mines. In Utah, he proved up 300,000 tons of ore that Time magazine called “one of the richest finds in the Colorado Plateau.”. Two years later Pick sold his mine to international financier Floyd Odlum for $9 million and a custom-converted PBY airplane. Odlum renamed the mine the Hidden Splendor, but soon after his purchase the highly touted vein pinched out. Local wags then dubbed the mine "Odlum's Hidden Blunder."