A number of portrait heads will be included, among them one very likely to depict Vibia Sabina, wife of the Emperor Hadrian, carved during his reign. The highlight is a marble portrait of Germanicus, shown here, the celebrated Roman general, father of the emperor Caligula and older brother of Caligula’s successor, Claudius. It was acquired by Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine and has remained at the family seat at Broomhall in Scotland since the late 18th century.
From the collection of Denys Sutton we are pleased to offer a number of fine Egyptian works of art, including a green peridotite head of a man, probably dating to the 18th Dynasty and the reign of King Horemhab.
The 6 December sale of Antiquities including property form the Collection of the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, and Property from the Collection of Denys Sutton brought $13,443,376 well above the high estimate of $8,676,000.
Many pieces saw competitive bidding, including the top lot, a marble portrait bust of Germanicus, Roman Imperial, Julio-Claudian, probably reign of Caligula or slightly later, circa AD 37-45 which achieved $8,146,500 (estimate $3,000,000 - $5,000,000.) Also notable was the Egyptian Green Peridotite Head of a Man, late 18th/ early 19th Dynasty, probably Reign of Horemhab, 1319 – 1292 BC which sold for $1,082,500 over nine times the high estimate (estimate 80,000 – 120,000.)