The grandad, who works 70 hours a week on his farm at Crosby Garrett, Cumbria, said: "My legs went to jelly. When you've been farming for years and made no real money, it's a big amount.
"To think it has been in the ground all those years."
The sale was a disappointment to Cumbrian museum Tulie House, which hoped to land the helmet - described as "an extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith" - for £1million.
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