A souvenir an Irishman bought in Morocco for less than €60 ($75) has turned out to be a 25,000-year-old relic worth up to €30,000 ($37k).
The man, an Irish carpenter, purchased the six-inch-high figure in the Rif Mountains in Morocco in 2006, thinking it was made out of wood.
Wondering where the piece came from, the man and his wife traveled to England where hey paid an Oxford laboratory around €619 ($768) to determine the origin of the antique.
Turns out the piece was over 25,000 years old and made from the horn of a “wooly rhino,” an extinct Ice Age mammal.
The Irishman’s unique souvenir will go up for auction on March 6 at Mealy’s Auctioneers in Kilkenny, where it is estimated to fetch up to €30,000.
H/T Irish Mirror