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Original Message:   Re: Phoenician head bead (replica?)
Hi Heather,

Yes, this is a replica of a Phoenician head pendant, Original dating to around 600 to 400 BC, more or less.

I purchased about a dozen of these from Russ Nobbs (less than $10 each), several years ago and sold them on Ebay as replicas because I had seen several sell as originals.

I also have a copy that is much older, dating possibly from the 1980's more or less. I suspect such items have been copied for a long period, as the originals are so valuable.

The best price I have heard an original bringing was $86,000 at Christies several years ago. It was however a spectacular example.

Below is a fairly good looking copy from China about 10 years old. In this case they copied an entire necklace that was from a Japanese museum.

Happy collecting,

Jan Skipper, Mosquitobay

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