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Artemis Gallery to auction antiquities, ethnographica, Picasso pottery, May 19

Gandharan Empire schist sculpture of Bodhisattva Maitreya (The Earthly Buddha), 3rd century CE, exquisitely carved to show deity in lotus position, wearing ‘jewelry’ with billowing folds of a lengthy robe secured by a stippled belt. Size: 10.6in wide, 12.6in high; 15.3in high when measured with included custom stand. Refer to examples at Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchased in Afghanistan in 1961. Estimate $22,000-$33,000

BOULDER, Colo. – On Thursday, May 19, Artemis Gallery will auction a very special collection of fine art from the Hollywood Hills that includes coveted Picasso and Rookwood ceramics. This lively private collection is a featured highlight of the company’s 153-lot auction event composed primarily of classical antiquities, ancient, and ethnographic art from many of the world’s most influential and celebrated cultures. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern, Asian, Pre-Columbian, Native American, African/tribal, Oceanic and Spanish Colonial-era civilizations are represented. All auction items are guaranteed to be authentic, legally acquired and legal to resell, if desired. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

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Apollo Galleries to auction peerless antiquities, ancient jewellery, weaponry, May 14-15

Pair of life-size Roman marble statues of nude children representing Harpocrates, god of silence and secrecy, each standing on a plinth. Formerly in a West Sussex estate, acquired 1960s/1970s. Accompanied by archaeological expertise by Dr Raffaele D’Amato and geological scholarly report by Dr Ronald Bonewitz. Estimate £40,000-£60,000 ($50,185-$75,280)

LONDON – Dr. Ivan Bonchev of Apollo Galleries and Auctions, Britain’s premier source for authentic, expertly appraised cultural art and antiquities, takes pleasure in announcing highlights of the company’s May 14-15, 2022 sale. The elegant 599-lot auction event is divided into two sessions, each devoted to its own distinct specialties. Classical and Asian antiquities will be presented on Saturday the 14th, while ancient jewellery and weaponry are reserved for Sunday the 15th. Deeply provenanced, all auction items have been vetted by world-renowned consultants, and if applicable, scientifically analyzed and tested.

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Quinn’s to host April 21 auction of ethnographic and cultural art

Iraqw beaded skirt, north-central Tanzania, East Africa, composed of animal hide with beads and natural fibers. Framed size: 61 5/8 x 38¾in (framed). Unique artwork. From the Estate of Dr. Giraud V. Foster, Baltimore, Maryland. Estimate $3,000-$5,000

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s April 21 Ethnographic Arts Auction, the next specialty event in its popular Collectors Series, shines a spotlight on the art and relics of some of the world’s greatest cultures and civilizations. The curated selection includes antiquities, tribal treasures and ancient art from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Some of the works are “published” examples and many come with provenance from distinguished collections.

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US authorities have returned a cache of looted antiquities to Libya, among them a Hellenic bust of a veiled woman dating to circa 350 BCE. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

US returns smuggled ancient artifacts to Libya

US authorities have returned a cache of looted antiquities to Libya, among them a Hellenic bust of a veiled woman (left) and a work dubbed ‘Veiled Head of a Female,’ (right) both dating to circa 350 BCE. Images courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

US authorities have returned a cache of looted antiquities to Libya, among them a Hellenic bust of a veiled woman (left) and a work dubbed ‘Veiled Head of a Female,’ (right) both dating to circa 350 BCE. Images courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – The United States on March 31 returned a cache of smuggled ancient artifacts to Libya as the oil-rich Mediterranean country struggles to protect its heritage against the backdrop of years of war, turmoil and unrest. The repatriated items include two sculptures dating to the 4th century BCE from the ancient city of Cyrene.

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Artemis Gallery to auction exceptional antiquities, cultural & fine art, March 24

Rare Ancient Egyptian Pre-Dynastic (Naqada II to Naqada III, circa 3500-3000 BCE) terracotta canoe-form boat model with pinched keel, 19in long. Published in 1909 reference ‘The Light of Egypt,’ by Robert de Rustafjaell, who found the relic at Gebelein, 17 miles from Luxor. Extensive provenance, including Sotheby’s London, January 20-24, 1913. Estimate $40,000-$50,000

BOULDER, Colo. – Discerning collectors of cultural art always look forward to Artemis Gallery’s auctions produced under the “Exceptional Antiquities” banner. That particular series of sales represents the finest ancient, ethnographic and fine art consignments entrusted to the renowned Artemis team for expert vetting, marketing and sale. The next Exceptional Auction is slated for Thursday, March 24, and as always, each item will convey to its new owner with an Artemis Gallery Certificate of Authenticity.

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Apollo Galleries to auction Ancient, Chinese & Islamic Art from fabled collections, March 27

Roman bronze Cupid statuette, circa 100 AD, 235mm high. Similar to example in collection of Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Provenance: property of a London gentleman. Estimate $26,225-$52,450

LONDON – Apollo Galleries and Auctions, Britain’s premier source for expertly appraised cultural art and antiquities, takes pleasure in announcing highlights of their March 27, 2022 sale. The 488-lot Ancient, Chinese and Islamic Art Auction is divided into four sections that encompass a broad range of deeply provenanced artifacts covering the Classical European era and important civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, India and China.

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The Kouros, one of 46 antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt and returned to the people of Greece. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Manhattan DA returns seized artifacts worth $20M to Greece

The Kouros, one of 46 antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt and returned to the people of Greece. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

The Kouros, one of 46 antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt and returned to the people of Greece. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

NEW YORK (AP) – Dozens of looted antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt after a yearslong investigation have been returned to the people of Greece, prosecutors in New York announced February 23.

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Artemis Gallery to auction film legend Anthony Quinn’s cultural art collection, Feb. 27

Lovely Roman Imperial Period (circa 2nd-3rd century CE) marble head of a female subject, 16.4in high. Estimate $16,000-$24,000

BOULDER, Colo. – Artemis Gallery takes great pleasure in announcing a February 27 online auction through LiveAuctioneers consisting exclusively of cultural artworks acquired by screen legend and “Renaissance man” Anthony Quinn (1915-2001). A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit The Anthony Quinn Foundation, which was established by Quinn’s wife, Katherine Quinn, to fund arts scholarships for youth and advocate for arts education.

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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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The Stag’s Head Rhyton, dating to circa 400 BCE, is one of several antiquities Michael Steinhardt relinquished for repatriation. Image courtesy of the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Hedge fund founder Steinhardt to return looted antiquities

Pictured (from left to right): The Larnax, a death mask, and the Stag’s Head Rhyton. Hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt surrendered the three and more in a deal that permitted him to return $70 million worth of stolen antiquities and accept a lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities. Images courtesy of the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Pictured (from left to right): The Larnax, a death mask, and the Stag’s Head Rhyton. Hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt surrendered the three and more in a deal that permitted him to return $70 million worth of stolen antiquities and accept a lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities. Images courtesy of the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt has agreed to turn over more than $70 million worth of stolen antiquities and will be subject to an unprecedented lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities, the Manhattan district attorney announced December 6.

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