NEW YORK – Christie’s Classic Week, a marquee series of sales featuring 19th-century European Art, Old Master paintings and sculpture, Antiquities, and Books and Manuscripts, were offered across seven online sales June 16-19. All auction catalogs can be viewed online at LiveAuctioneers.
Here are some highlights.
Ancient Art from James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection – sale total: $2,691,000
A circa first-second century Roman marble bust of a goddess achieved the top price of the Ancient Art from James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, selling for $300,000. Additional top lots included a Roman marble portrait bust of a man, circa mid-second century, that totaled $250,000, and a Roman marble portrait bust of the Empress Crispina as Omphale, circa late second century, which sold for $237,500, against an estimate of $70,000-$90,000.
Antiquities – sale total: $1,952,500
Earning the top lot of Classic Week was a Greek bronze Corinthian helmet, Archaic Period, circa 525-475 B.C. which sold for $855,000, against an estimate of $300,000-$500,000. An attic black-figured neck-amphora and lid attributed to the Bareiss painter, circa 530-520 B.C., achieved the second top lot in the sale selling for $137,500, above its estimate of $40,000-$60,000.
Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems – sale total: $1,260,625
Achieving the top lot part II of the renowned G. Sangiorgi Collection was a Roman Carnelian Ringstone with a portrait of the Empress Sabina, circa A.D. 130, which sold for $250,000, against its estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Other top lots included a Roman gold and carnelian finger ring with Apollo, circa first century B.C., which sold for $106,250, and a Roman carnelian ringstone with mercury, circa first century, which totaled $100,000, above an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
European Art – sale total: $1,186,875
Leading the European Art sale was At the Fountain by Henryk Siemiradzki and studio, which sold for $375,000. A notable result was achieved for Sérénade au clair de lune – Venise by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, which produced the second-highest price in the sale at $225,000, surpassing the estimate of $80,000-$120,000.
Library of Lorenzo Zambrano: Latin Americana, Science and Literature – sale total: $648,125
A first edition Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, 1859, led the Selections from the Library of Lorenzo H. Zambrano: Latin Americana, Science, and Literature sale achieving $200,000. Additional top lots of the sale include Colored Issue of Antiquities of Mexico, Viscount Kingsborough, 1830-48, which sold for $81,250, and manuscript copy of Historia de las Indias, Diego Durán, circa 1830s, which realized $52,500, against a low estimate of $18,000.
The Open Book: Travel, Americana, Literature and History in Print – sale total: $2,727,875
The sale was led by the original art for Led Zeppelin’s debut LP by George Hardie, 1969, and the first dated printing of the Star-Spangled Banner, sold by the American Antiquarian Society to benefit the Collection Acquisitions Fund, both of which sold for $325,000. Additional notable results were achieved for The Quadrupeds of North America by John James Audubon, 1845, which realized $300,000, against a low estimate of $120,000 and On the victory at Yorktown, which sold for $137,500, against a low estimate of $40,000.
Old Masters Paintings and Sculpture – sale total: $2,954,125
The top lot of the Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sale was the large-scale work The Liberation of Saint Peter by Jacob de Backer, which sold for $399,000, surpassing the estimate of $80,000-$120,000, achieving the highest price for an Old Master Painting sold online. Other top works from Northern European artists included a Head of Christ, Netherlandish School, first quarter of the 16th century, which sold for $162,500, and St. George and the Dragon, Antwerp School, circa 1520, which totaled $125,000.
Strong results were achieved for sculpture for a Limoges parcel-gilt enamel copper oval plaque depicting a soldier on horseback by Jean or Joseph Limousin, 16th-century, which sold for $225,000, and a late 15th / early 16th century white marble relief of the Virgin and Child, which achieved $100,000.
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