Sotheby’s first sale dedicated exclusively to the classical world totalled £3,400,750, with an array of ancient marble sculpture and works of art from the Greek, Roman and Etruscan periods meeting enthusiasm from bidders. The auction was led by a Roman Marble Figure of Aphrodite, circa 2nd century AD, which brought £341,000.
Further highlights included a Roman Marble Relief of Mithras Slaying the Bull, 2nd/early 3rd Century A.D. from the innermost shrine of a mithraeum, a temple for this mysterious religion centred around the god Mithras, which sold for £293,000, and a Cycladic Marble Figure of a Goddess, Early Bronze Age II, circa 2700-2600 B.C. that soared over six times its pre-sale estimate to £100,000.
Sotheby's is proud to present its pioneering sale devoted almost exclusively to Greek and Roman marble sculpture in the round and in relief. Greek vases, some Etruscan and Roman jewellery, and two terracotta objects will also add colour to the mix.