Hindman opens its well-stocked cabinet of curiosities, Nov. 10

Iridescent ammonite fossil, estimated at $100,000-$120,000

Iridescent ammonite fossil, estimated at $100,000-$120,000

CHICAGO – Step into a cabinet of curiosities Thursday, November 10 with Hindman’s Ancient Art & Natural History: A Cabinet of Curiosities auction. Highlighting the sale is a completely preserved iridescent ammonite fossil from 75 million years ago. This 200-lot auction presents the ideal opportunity for collectors to develop their own cabinet of curiosities. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

A slice from a lunar meteorite dating to circa 4.6 billion years ago will literally lead the sale and its natural history offerings. Appearing as lot 1, it has an estimate of $5,000-$8,000.

Slice from a lunar meteorite, estimated at $5,000-$8,000

Slice from a lunar meteorite, estimated at $5,000-$8,000

“Lunar meteorites are considered the rarest substance on Earth and date back to the birth of our solar system. To be able to physically offer a piece of the moon is thrilling,” commented Hindman’s Director and Senior Specialist for Antiquities Jacob Coley, who added, “A treasure that is truly out of this world.”

The aforementioned ammonite fossil, recognized around the world due to its rarity and striking appearance, will be offered with an estimate of $100,000-$120,000. From the late Cretaceous period, or circa 75 million years ago, this fossil stands out with its opalescent exterior and constantly shifting colors, changing with the light from vivid reds to emerald greens, to flickers of orange and gold, purples and brilliant blues. This effect is a natural result of the fossilization process, a unique phenomenon only found on ammonites recovered from a single location in Canada.

Greco-Roman Attic black-figured column-krater vessel, estimated at $30,000-$50,000

Greco-Roman Attic black-figured column-krater vessel, estimated at $30,000-$50,000

Following the presentation of early geological material will be historically significant Greco-Roman vessels. A monumental Attic black-figured column-krater, circa 525-475 B.C. and estimated at $30,000-$50,000, delivers an incredible display of artistry. Depicting a chariot race, one of the most prestigious events at the Panhellenic games held in Greece, this column-crater must have pleased the symposiasts whose wine was mixed in it.

Egyptian sandstone relief fragment, estimated at $2,000-$4,000

Egyptian sandstone relief fragment, estimated at $2,000-$4,000

Egyptian and Roman sculptures, portrait heads and reliefs will round out a spectacular sale lineup. Standout Egyptian offerings include a sandstone relief of a river god, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, and a limestone relief illustrating preparation for the eternal afterlife, estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Sculptures expected to see competitive bidding include a bronze Isis and Horus, estimated at $12,000-$18,000, and a Greywacke bust of Isis-Hathor, estimated at $12,000-$18,000.

A robust offering of Roman marble statues and portrait heads will be highlighted by a sculpture of Pan Holding a Panpipe, circa 30 B.C.-10 A.D., estimated at $25,000-$35,000, and a marble torso of a military officer, circa 2nd century A.D., estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

 

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