Thursday, 16 October 2008

Bonhams Magazine: the Irony

A spokesperson Bonhams has commented on the amount of publicity involved in the marketing of their antiquities: "You can imagine the amount of work that goes into marketing a sale like this around the world.". This is partly through their glossy magazine (available on-line).

The autumn 2008 number has a remarkable cover showing the detail of a battle between the Arimasps and Griffins from an Attic red-figured bell-krater attributed to the Retorted painter. This had been due to be sold at Bonhams yesterday as lot 9: but it was withdrawn. The krater had surfaced through Sotheby's (London) in 1985.

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