Our Important Judaica sale brought a total of $2,790,439. The highlight of the auction was Moritz Daniel Oppenheim’s painting, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara from 1862, which sold for $407,000, above its high estimate. The top lot from the silver section of the sale was the large and important German silver spice tower by Matheus Stadlein from Nuremberg, circa 1730 that sold for $227,000, more than double its high estimate. Additional offerings also included a variety of important books and manuscripts such as a collection of Selihots for the entire year from circa 1280-1350 that sold for an impressive $100,000.
Sotheby’s annual sale features resplendent Judaica: from silver treasures produced in Augsburg, Amsterdam and Frankfurt during the Baroque era to masterworks created in the late 20th century by silversmiths in New York City. Highlighting the paintings section is an important, recently rediscovered Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The sale features a Minuscule Torah Scroll, Germany, circa 19th century, meticulously penned on parchment only three inches tall. Also showcased is an Exquisite Italian Torah Binder, circa 1700, multicoloured silk embroidery on silk.