Apollo of Gaza, or of anywhere, but not of eBay

A bronze statue of the Greek God Apollo is pictured in Gaza in this September 19, 2013 picture provided by Gaza’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
CREDIT: REUTERS/GAZA’S MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND ANTIQUITIES/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS
Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/10/us-palestinian-apollo-gaza-idUKBREA190NQ20140210

A fisherman discovered a statue of Apollo in the sea, lifted it and got BusinessWeek to report on it. He then decided to sell it on eBay, and now Hamas has seized it. Now we are not even sure if it came from the sea in the first place. Read about the seizure in the articles below:

Reuters UK:  http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/10/us-palestinian-apollo-gaza-idUKBREA190NQ20140210

Articles based on Reuters:

Bloomberg Businessweekhttp://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-10/new-details-emerge-in-mystery-of-bronze-apollo-statue-held-by-hamas-in-gaza

International Business Timeshttp://www.ibtimes.com/rare-bronze-apollo-statue-found-gaza-strip-priceless-artifact-could-become-funding-stream-hamas

Greek Reporter: http://world.greekreporter.com/2014/02/10/greek-god-statue-recovered-in-gaza-strip/

Shalom Life: http://www.shalomlife.com/news/21814/gaza-fisherman-catches-greek-god/

Brisbane Times: http://media.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/world-news/greek-god-statue-found-in-gaza-strip-5149559.html

An arlier articles by Bloomberg Businessweek reported on the story a little naively, particularly with regards to its provenance. Paul Barford of the “Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues” blog has been following up on the issue since.

The original article on Bloomberg Businessweek (30Jan):

Articles by Paul Barford on “Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues” blog:

Where will this story go? What will Apollo do? Watch this space.

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