"Beautifully carved" Roman sarcophagus found in English garden

An eagle-eyed art expert is responsible for the discovery of a 2nd century Roman sarcophagus overgrown with plants in a Dorset, England garden. The "rare and beautifully carved" sarcophagus is expected to sell at auction for UK£50,000. (photo)

Duke's auction house, which will handle the sale, discovered that the coffin was originally sold to the owner of the property in 1913, but had been forgotten. The sarcophagus was created "in Italy for a high ranking official, contemporaneous with Emperor Hadrian."