Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bonhams: Response to April Sale

Chantelle Rountree, the head of Antiquities at Bonhams, has been speaking about this week's sale ("Bonhams: Antiquities turn in sprightly performance with £1.5m sale at Bonhams As Tarzan Adds Strength", M2 PressWIRE April 30, 2009 Thursday):
"This sale shows that if you offer items of real interest with good provenance the market remains strong despite the general economic gloom. Collectors who are passionate about their subject know that items of this kind come along rarely."
The sale is reported to have raised £1.5 million. High prices included:
  • lot 30: A Hellenistic terracotta funerary wall painting, £132,000
  • lot 32: A Roman marble male torso, £93,600
  • lot 54: A Roman mosaic panel, £168,000

For lots that had once passed through the hands of Robin Symes and Graham Geddes see my earlier comments.

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