RESULTS: Antiquities



London, Wednesday, 1 October 2014, Sale 1561

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


164 lots sold

Total: £3,172,750 /$5,136,682 /€4,064,293

     88% sold by lot

187 lots offered

$ 1.619= £1 / € 1.281=£1

    89% sold by value



Estimate (£)

Price Realised





An Assyrian gypsum cuneiform dedicatory panel
reign of Tukulti-Ninurta I, circa 1243-1207 B.C.

100,000 - 150,000




Private European


A Roman marble portrait head of a man, circa late 1st century B.C.- early 1st century A.D.

200,000 - 300,000




Private European




A Canaanite bronze deity or worshipper, circa 1550-1200 B.C.

120,000 - 180,000




Private US



An Egyptian crystalline limestone jar, early dynastic period, 2nd-3rd dynasty, circa 2750-2600 B.C.


30,000 - 50,000




Trade US





A large Cycladic marble reclining female figure, circa 2600-2500 B.C.


80,000 - 120,000




UK Private





An Attic black-figured neck amphora, circa 525-500 B.C.


50,000 - 70,000




European Private





A Greek life-size marble arm, circa 5th-4th century B.C.


20,000 - 30,000




Anonymous Buyer





A Roman marble portrait head, possibly of Emperor Gallienus, circa late 3rd century A.D.


70,000 - 100,000




Anonymous Buyer





A Sasanian bronze furniture leg, circa 3rd-4th century A.D.


50,000 - 70,000




UK Private




An Attic red-figured pelike, circa 430 B.C

20,000 - 30,000




European Private




Laetitia Delaloye, Head of Sale, Antiquities, Christie’s London and G.Max Bernheimer, International Head of Antiquities: “This sale demonstrated the continued strength of the antiquities market for works from private collections with excellent provenance, as highlighted by the Rudolf Schmidt collection which was 99% sold by lot. Buying was truly international, with European, American, Chinese and Russian collectors competing throughout, and 30% of lots being bought or directly underbid on Christie’s LiveTM. We are particularly pleased with the result for the Assyrian cuneiform panel, which sparked fierce competition and far exceeded its pre-sale estimate, realising £626,500. Sculpture proved to be very popular, with a stunning Roman marble head selling for £338,500 and a Greek marble arm performing exceptionally well, realising £80,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £20-30,000. We look forward to the 11th December sale in New York.”


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Next Sale: Antiquities – New York, 11 December 2014


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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.


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