New York | April 2021

With global participation from over 32 countries and five continents, Classic Week achieved a total of US$43,933,125 in New York.

Four records were set and eight lots achieved over US$1 million across all categories.

The Old Masters sale shined with the recently rediscovered masterpiece The Vision of Saint Anthony Abbot by Sebastiano Del Piombo that set a world auction record for the artist at US$3,150,000.

Standout lots across the sales came from The Collection of Elaine and Alexandre Rosenberg, totaling US$12,405,625 with 98% sold by lot and 92% sold by value and 142% hammer price above the low estimate.

Top lots for the week included the illuminated Parisian Book of Hours, c. 1440, by the Master of the Paris Bartholomeus Anglicus, which achieved US$3,630,000, and a complete first edition of the works of Plato that set a world auction record for any work by Plato and totaled $1,026,000 — both from The Collection of Elaine and Alexandre Rosenberg.

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Following the encouraging results, we are now welcoming consignments for our next Classic Week auction series, which will take place in London in July 2021. To learn more or to schedule a complimentary and confidential valuation of your property, we invite you to get in touch with one of our specialists or try our online auction estimate service.

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For millennia, the passage of the seasons has dictated the rhythm of humanity’s existence and has consequently held a crucial place in our collective cultural consciousness.

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