Tuesday, December 13, 2005

More on the outcome of the Christie's auction

This brief article on the Daily Star website provides a little more information on the limestone statue purchased by the Kimbell Art Museum, but also this coverage of the purchase of the statue of Nefertari: "Separately, Christie's sold an Egyptian black granite standard-bearing statue of Queen Nefertari, dating back to the Reign of Ramesses II, Dynasty XIX, 1290-1224 BC, for a record $2.3 million, over an undisclosed estimate. The Nefertari piece was previously bought at Christie's in 1979 for just $220,000, which was a world record at the time. This sale of ancient Egyptian artifacts was part of a larger, two-day antiquities sale".
See the above web page on the Daily Star website for the full article.

This article focuses more on the amount that items were sold for, and how this compares with previous record sale prices: "The previous world auction record for an Egyptian antiquity was £883,750 ($1,418,418) for an Egyptian sarcophagus at Christie’s in South Kensington in 2003."

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