SOTHEBY’S SETS A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR SCULPTURE AT AUCTION EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL BRONZE FIGURE OF ARTEMIS AND THE STAG SELLS FOR $28,600,000. PRICE ALSO ESTABLISHES A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR AN ANTIQUITY AT AUCTION
by value, with 88.8% of the lots exceeding their high estimate.
Other highlights from the afternoon include an Elamite Copper Figure of a Horned Hero, Proto-Literate Period, circa 3000-2800, which commanded $3,176,000 (lot 80, est. $150,000/250,000); a Marble Funerary Portrait Statue of a Roman Poet, Late Republican/Augustan, circa 50 B.C./A.D. 14, which brought $2,056,000 (lot 70, est. $125/175,000); and a Sumerian Alabaster Figure of a Worshipper, Early Dynastic III, circa 2800-2550 B.C., which realized $1,720,000 (lot 81, est. $300/500,000).
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*The previous record for sculpture at auction was $27,456,000 for Constantin Brancusi’s Oiseau Dans L’Espace, May 2005.
**The previous record for an Antiquity was $11,652,175 for The Jenkins Venus, June 2002
Estimates do not include buyer’s premium