Fifty miles off the coast of Nantucket, 250 feet beneath the Atlantic, lies the RMS Republic and her secret treasure. As soon as Republic sank, rumors spread of a precious cargo, but the ship has kept her secrets intact for over a century, until now. Life-long treasure hunter Martin Bayerle joined Connie Willis (email) for all four hours to discuss how he has devoted the past 35 years of his life researching the shipwreck and proving the existence of her reputed cargo of 150,000 American Eagle gold coins, a bounty worth a billion dollars in today’s economy, and his quest to recover the it on his second attempt at the Republic.
This little alien is an original one-of-a-kind sculpture that was made entirely by hand and without the use of molds of any kind. His body is made from polymer clay that was sculpted over a wire armature. His eyes and body shading are painted with acrylic paint. He is a tiny little creature at 2 inches tall.