J. Pierpont Morgan had a fascination — some might say obsession — with the past, an eye for beautiful things and a yen to travel. Most important, he had loads of cash.
In the last two decades of his life, the legendary Hartford-born financier accumulated more than 20,000 objets d'art: sculptures, golden boxes, pottery, timepieces, jewelry, antiquities, anything that caught his eclectic fancy.
He was such an avid purchaser of strange and lovely objects that his wife, Fanny, once quipped that he "would buy anything from an Egyptian pyramid to Mary Magdalene's tooth."
She was only half-joking. A reliquary holding what is fabled to be one of Mary Magdalene's...