Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Reduced sale of antiquities at Sotheby's

I normally give a summary of the two sales of antiquities at Sotheby's New York (see comments on last June's sale). This week antiquities forms part of a sale of "Old Master Paintings, European Sculpture & Antiquities" (Thursday June 4, 2009) --- and there are only 70 lots containing antiquities.

What has happened to the market? Is it a sign of the current worldwide economic crisis or are there fewer antiquities with "good provenance" around?

1 comment:

Marc Fehlmann said...

Dear David

There are still places with a big turnover in antiquities. Have a look at this link: 675 lots in one sale.




A Fragmentary Athena Attributed to Myron

It has been reported that a fragmentary Roman limestone copy of a 5th century BCE sculpture of Athena attributed to Myron is now the subject...