<p><strong>A rare Roman helmet dating to the late first to second century A.D. fetched nearly $3.6 million dollars at a <a id="m-m8" title="London" href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/london-united-kingdom/?source=A-to-Z">London</a> auction on October 7. <br></strong></p><p>The bronze helmet and face mask (seen above in an undated photo) were discovered in May 2010 by a treasure hunter using a metal detector in a field in Cumbria, a county in northwestern England.</p><p>(Related <a id="sq2d" title="pictures: &quot;Giant, Bulging-Eyed Roman Emperor Statue Found.&quot;" href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080827-emperor-picture.html">pictures: "Giant, Bulging-Eyed Roman Emperor Statue Found."</a>)</p><p>The helmet was described by <a id="weev" title="Christie's auction house" href="http://www.christies.com/">Christie's auction house</a> as "an extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith."</p><p>Both the sellers and winning bidder have remained anonymous.</p>

"Extraordinary" Roman Helmet

A rare Roman helmet dating to the late first to second century A.D. fetched nearly $3.6 million dollars at a London auction on October 7.

The bronze helmet and face mask (seen above in an undated photo) were discovered in May 2010 by a treasure hunter using a metal detector in a field in Cumbria, a county in northwestern England.

(Related pictures: "Giant, Bulging-Eyed Roman Emperor Statue Found.")

The helmet was described by Christie's auction house as "an extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith."

Both the sellers and winning bidder have remained anonymous.

Photograph courtesy Christie's Auction House

Pictures: Rare Roman Helmet Sells for $3.6 Million

An "extraordinary" Roman helmet, dating to the first or second century A.D., had been found "virtually intact" by a metal detector in England.

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