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Apollo Galleries welcomes New Year with Jan. 16 Ancient Art & Antiquities Auction

Gandharan upper torso of Bodhisattva, circa 200-300AD, richly carved in grey schist. Serene expression, coiffure radiating from top of head and styled in such a way as to accentuate the subject’s princely status. Size: 650mm x 500mm. Similar to an example sold at Sotheby’s on Sept. 21, 2007. Provenance: Property of London ancient art gallery; private UK collection; acquired in Japan pre-2003; previously in a Japanese collection since the 1960s. Estimate £40,000-£80,000

LONDON – Apollo Galleries, London’s premier source for authentic, fully vetted ancient art and antiquities, will host its first auction of the New Year on Sunday, January 16, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The breathtaking assemblage of rarities from legendary civilizations is offered with authoritative descriptions and assessments from a newly-engaged team of specialists whose experience at the highest echelons of the art trade is amply documented.

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London’s Apollo Galleries to host top-tier Nov. 21 Ancient Art & Antiquities Auction

Ancient Egyptian sculpted gilt wood and bronze ibis, circa 664-32 BC, Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, of a type often formed as coffins for mummified ibises. Size: 190mm x 250mm. Provenance: private London collection; ex Attal collection, Austin, Texas; via family descent from great uncle, initially acquired in first half of 20th century. Estimate £10,000-£20,000

LONDON – After 10 years as a recognized leader in the field of ancient art and antiquities, London’s Pax Romana has rebranded as Apollo Galleries. Adopting the name of the Greek god of the sun – and everything under the sun, including art, knowledge, music, poetry and truth – Apollo Galleries hopes to be every bit as multifaceted in its worldly domain as Apollo was in his divine realm. Secured by a deep investment in its future, the company has expanded its elegant two-floor gallery directly opposite The British Museum, increased its roster of managers and expert consultants; installed new scientific equipment for in-house object analysis, and launched new divisions, including Ancient Interiors and Wearable Ancient Jewellery. The firm will be hosting regular events and lectures, and producing informative videos while also hosting a year-round slate of exceptional specialty auctions.

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Jasper52 showcases Viking, ancient & medieval jewelry, July 28

Silver Viking pendant, estimated at $275-$350

NEW YORK – Jewelry that was created generations before your great-grandparents appeared on the scene isn’t just alluring or beautiful. Nor are these pieces mere baubles. See them with the right mindset, and they become vehicles for time travel. Jewelry from Roman, Viking, and medieval times show us how styles endure and change, and how the drive to adorn the body with art made from precious metal links us to people we can never otherwise know.

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24K Viking gold coil ring, estimated at $400-$500

No swords required: fight for Viking treasures online, May 12

24K Viking gold coil ring, estimated at $400-$500

24K Viking gold coil ring, estimated at $400-$500

NEW YORK – Vikings get a bad rap. Of course, some of that is deserved; there’s no nice, polite way to raid a village. But the long-ago, long-vanished people who called themselves Vikings – the Scandinavians who reside in what is now Denmark, Sweden, and Norway – behaved in ways that might seem surprising. Archaeologists now believe Vikings bathed as often as once a week, in contrast to their southern European counterparts. It makes sense, then, that Vikings liked to adorn their bodies with alluring jewelry. Jasper52‘s Viking, Ancient, & Medieval Jewelry sale, which begins at 2 pm Eastern time on May 12, provides ample evidence of this last fact. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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