Bidders from 65 countries take part in the 11 sales, with Francesco Guardi’s Venice: The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi fetching the highest auction price of 2017 for an Old Master painting, and the Beauneveu Lions achieving a world record for a medieval work of art
Video: André Beauneveu’s carved marble group of two addorsed lions, sold for £9,349,000
Classic Week opened with European Furniture & Works of Art, which totalled £2,679,750. The top lot was a pair of mid 18th-century North Italian gilt-metal and rock-crystal eight-light chandeliers, which sold for £185,000, more than twice the high estimate.
The Antiquities sale realised £4,613,750 and was 91.5 per cent sold by lot and 98 per cent by value. The top price in the sale was achieved with an Egyptian granite head of Sekhmet, circa 1388-1351 BC, which sold for £605,000, more than four times its high estimate.
Old Master Drawings & Watercolours was 82.5 per cent sold by value, and totalled £4,962,625, led by J. M. W. Turner’s wonderful watercolour, Norham Castle: Sunrise, which realised £581,000.