'Lost' Scottish Sculpture Goes On Show In Paris and Los Angeles

The once lost marble bust of Scottish Highland laird and MP Sir John Gordon is to be exhibited at the Louvre in Paris and the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Created in 1728 by French sculptor Edmé Bouchardon, one of the 18th century’s most fashionable sculptors, it is now estimated to be worth about £1.4m.

Many years after it was made, the bust was placed in the care of Invergordon Town Council. Invergordon (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Ghòrdain or An Rubha) is a port in Highland, Scotland. However, the sculpture was lost during local government reorganisation. Then in 1998 it turned up in a shed being used as a door stop on an industrial estate near Invergordon.

After the exhibitions in Paris and Los Angeles the sculpture will be returned to the care of registered Scottish charity High Life Highland early next year.


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