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The bust's design is derived from J. H. W. Tischbein's portrait of Achilles from his 'Homerischen Helden' (Homer's Heroes [from the Iliad]) of circa 1800. Seven of Tischbein's [eight] drawings, including the head of Achilles were sold at Christie's, New York, 22 January 2003, lot 226 ($22,705). The bust is almost certainly a copy of one attributed to Bertel Thorvaldsen (d. 1844) in the Palazzo Reale, Naples (A. Friedrich et al, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1829), Petersberg 2001, p. 127, fig. 15).