POLICE in Spain have recovered a 2nd Century AD bust of the Emperor Hadrian which had been plundered from an archaeological site in Seville and was being offered by smugglers on the black market for half a million euros.
Investigators ascertained the identity of an intermediary who was offering the sculpture to several potential buyers.
A stake-out revealed that members of a single family were offering the bust to potential buyers.
Art experts authenticated the bust and put its estimated value at €500,000.
The bust has been transferred to the Archaeological Museum of Seville, where it is currently undergoing study by experts for public exhibition.