Fisherman finds centuries-old statue in Gaza Strip

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'Priceless' Greek Statue Found In Gaza Strip

You can find pretty much anything on eBay, but this discovery was a real surprise.

'A rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to vanish almost immediately from view and be taken into police custody,' The Independent reported.

According to The International Business Times, the six-foot-tall statue is at least 2,000 years old.

A local fisherman says he found it on the ocean floor last year and hauled it home. It later appeared - very briefly - on eBay for a whopping half a million dollars.

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. Lost for centuries, the rare bronze statue of the Greek God Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to vanish almost immediately from view and be taken into police custody. A local fisherman says he scooped the 500-kg God from the sea bed last August, and carried it back home on a donkey cart, unaware of the significance of his catch. Picture taken September 19, 2013. To match Feature PALESTINIAN-APOLLO/GAZA REUTERS/Gaza's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Handout via Reuters (GAZA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)     ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES

Sounds like a lot, but Al Bawaba reports that's actually quite a bit less than the $40 million+ the statue could be worth.

Here's the thing though: archeologists haven't been able to study it further. That's because the Islamist group Hamas sent police to seize the statue and look into who might have tried to sell it online.

Frustrated historians told The Jerusalem Post there's simply nothing like it.

'It's unique. I saw there is no price. There is no price. No way.'

After the criminal investigation into who might have tried to sell it, Gaza's tourism ministry plans to display the statue to the public.
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