Rare Gold 'Diss' Torc Fetches £50,700 at Auction
Gold torcs are extremely rare and among the finest examples of pre-Roman Celtic metalwork. The word 'Torc' actually comes from the Latin word Torquis, which literally means "to twist". This is a fitting title for such an item as the Torc resembles a necklace of thick twisted wires of gold. Many will recognize this piece immediately from the Hellenistic sculpture of The Dying Gaul, who is wearing a torc around his neck. The Torc was a symbol of high social standing in the Iron Age.