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2000-Year-Old Petrified Apple From Pompeii Up For Sale

Rebecca OConnell
Reproductions of excavated artifacts from Pompeii that were buried in the ash from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE.
Reproductions of excavated artifacts from Pompeii that were buried in the ash from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. / iStock
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Strange fruit: A well-preserved, 2000-year-old petrified apple from Pompeii is up for sale at the annual antiques fair at the Harewood House near Leeds, UK, which will take place from May 12 through May 14. You can see an image of the apple at the Ilkley Gazette.

Discovered during a 19th-century excavation along with other ancient fruit, the piece is being sold by medieval antiquities dealer Odyssey for £550 (about $715).

"Its blackened and petrified state is a result of the intense heat due to being buried by hot volcanic ash when Pompeii was engulfed following the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24th August AD 79," organizers explained. "This extremely rare example is from the collection of antiquities formed by the late Rev Geoffrey Elford Stephens."

Tickets for the fair are priced £5 (about $6.50).

[h/t Ilkley Gazette]

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