RELATED LITERATURE K. de Kersauson (dir.), Catalogue des portraits romains. De l'année de la guerre civile (68-69 après J.-C.) à la fin de l' Empire, musée du Louvre, Paris, 1996, pp. 230-231 et 264-265.
An antique marble bust of Marus Aurelius and another one of Lucius Verus are in the Louvre Museum (inv. No. Ma 1159 and Ma 1131).
In fairly good condition overall with surface dirt (notably in the hair), plant residues (notably in the crevices and in the folds of the draperies) and weathering to the carving consistent with outside exposure of the busts. Green stains due to the moss are visible at several places, notably in the hair and to both backs. Chips are visible at several places, notably along the lower edges of the busts and on the high points of the draperies. A larger loss is visible to the drapery behind Marcus Aurelius' neck. Chips are visible along the edges of both marble bases with two vertical fissures visible to one base with small lacks. Impressive size and fine carving for this pair of marble busts. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."