Marble Sarcophagus Relief Formerly Belonging to Émile Zola Marble Sarcophagus Relief Formerly Belonging to Émile Zola Sells for $1.5 million at Sotheby’s Over 10 Times the Low Estimate
The Relief Leads Antiquities Auction, which totals $5.8 million well over
Other highlights included an Egyptian Red Granite Head from circa 1479-1450 BC that had been in the collection of Nicolas Count von Arco in Munich in the early 20th century. It sold for $272,500 against a $40/60,000 estimate (pictured left). A Roman bronze figure of Aphrodite, formerly in the Havemeyer collection doubled the top estimate to sell for $530,500. In her memoirs Louisine Havermeyer recalls that the statue was displayed in the Rembrandt Room or Library which had been designed for the display of the couple’s Old Master Paintings (pictured right). The cover lot of the sale a Roman Marble Head of the Sandal-binding Hermes by Lysippos, from circa early 2nd Century A.D. also achieved a strong price selling for $182,500, double the presale high estimate.