Friday, November 4, 2016

Expensive Ancient Statues at Auction


In 2002 the sale of the statue broke the world auction record for an antiquity (of that time) after selling for nearly $12 million at Christie’s London.
The Jenkis Venus is a copy of the Aphrodite of Knidos statue, which is was one of the most famous works of Praxiteles, an ancient Greek sculptor.

Considered the most important Cycladic idol ever to come to auction it had an estimated value of $3-5 million. It brought $17 million in 2010.


This bronze figure of a tapir is a preeminent example of Chinese figurines of the 4th century B.C. The tapir was a pig-like mammal that became extinct in China about 10,000 years ago. $12 Million
The statue depicting Leda and the swan was discovered around 1775 in Rome, and is a Roman replica of a Greek statue from about 300 B.C. The statue was sold by Sotheby’s New York for over $19 million.

The sculpture, ‘Roman Bust of Antinous’, was sold by Sotheby’s in 2010 for almost $24 million.

Artemis and the Stag: $28.6 Million. Artemis and the Stag, was the highest priced statue ever sold at the time (2007).
Found near Baghdad, the Guennol Lioness is a 5,000-year-old limestone Mesopotamian statue. The sculpture was described by Sotheby’s as “one of the last known masterworks from the dawn of civilization remaining in private hands.” The sculpture portrays an anthropomorphic lioness-woman and was sold for $57.2 million in 2007