Thursday, October 6, 2011

Christie's results

The Greek terracotta protomai from a London private collection (lot 69) appear to have remained unsold in today's sale in spite of an estimate of £40,000-£60,000. Another item that appeared to feature in a certain Swiss dossier also remained unsold.

The pieces were not withdrawn despite concerns about their earlier collecting histories. Had the Italian authorities contacted Christie's? Did Christie's decide to press ahead anyway?

The sale fetched just under £3.5 million. One of the highest prices was a Roman bronze portrait head from an anonymous German collection formed in the 1980s (lot 145).

The pieces with the highest estimates remained unsold. A Cycladic figure attributed to the Goulandris sculptor also remained unsold.

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