Roman helmet
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Rare Roman helmet found in Cumbria sells for £2m

A bid by a Cumbrian museum to buy a rare Roman helmet and keep it in the county has failed after an anonymous phone bidder bought it for £2m.

The helmet was unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast in Crosby Garrett, near Kirkby Stephen, in May.

The piece, thought to have been worn by soldiers at sports events, was expected to fetch £300,000 when it went under the hammer at Christie's in London.

Alison Freeman reports.

  • 07 Oct 2010
Go to next video: Rare Roman helmet goes to auction