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Gilt-bronze Tibetan Buddha, $200,000

Tibetan Buddha trounces $200-$300 estimate to sell for $200K at Briggs

Gilt-bronze Tibetan Buddha, $200,000
Gilt-bronze Tibetan Buddha, $200,000

GARNET VALLEY, Pa. – A gilt-bronze Tibetan Buddha blasted through its $200-$300 estimate to achieve the staggering sum of $200,000 in an online Fine Estates Auction held by Briggs Auction, Inc. The piece, pulled from a Philadelphia Main Line estate, generated the most ever paid for a single item offered at Briggs.

Stephen Turner, president and owner of Briggs Auction, Inc., said the Tibetan Buddha performed beyond expectations because “It was right, and of exceptional quality. The figure was unusually large at 13 inches tall, and very heavy,” he said, adding, “The underside of the statue bore a Yongle mark, which added to its historical significance. And the piece’s nearly excellent condition certainly added to its value.”

The Tibetan bronze seated Buddha on a carved, five-inch-tall stand was depicted with a serene face and wearing a draped robe, posed in quiet contemplation on a lotus base and making a graceful vitarka mudra gesture with his right hand.

Nearly life-size oil on canvas titled ‘Lorelei,’ $32,000
Nearly life-size oil on canvas titled ‘Lorelei,’ $32,000

Other highlights from the March 24 sale included a large-format oil on canvas portrait of a partially-clad beauty, titled Lorelei, which sold for $32,000; a large set of Georg Jensen Pyramidian pattern sterling flatware with serving pieces that realized $6,000; a Thomas Crow-signed pocket watch with fusee movement and enameled dial, which went for $5,500; a set of four Gio Ponti Model 116 walnut dining chairs for Singer & Sons that brought $2,800; and a Hasui Kawese woodblock of colorful iris flowers, signed at the bottom, which made $2,600.

18th-century Thomas Crow-signed pocket watch with fusee movement and enameled dial, $5,500
18th-century Thomas Crow-signed pocket watch with fusee movement and enameled dial, $5,500

To learn more about Briggs Auction, Inc. and the firm’s calendar of upcoming events, please visit www.BriggsAuction.com. To inquire about consigning, please call 610-566-3138 or email info@briggsauction.com.

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