Achieving the highest ever total for a Decorative Arts auction at Sotheby's London, our Treasures sale realised an impressive £23,593,850. Far surpassing expectations and setting a record for a classical antiquity sold at auction in Europe, a 1st century A.D. Roman marble statue of Aphrodite from the celebrated collections of the Dukes of Northumberland achieved £9,378,500.
With collectors turning out in force, many works exceeded pre-sale estimates, such as an 18th-century George III musical automaton tower clock and six Limoges panels (Master of the Aeneid, circa 1530) illustrating scenes from book VIII of The Aeneid.
Sotheby's annual Treasures sale is renowned for its museum-like curated presentation of rare and important Works of Art. Treasures 2014 is no exception and will include extraordinary pieces sold by order of the 12th Duke of Northumberland and the Trustees of the Northumberland Estates. A highlight from this collection is a Roman antique statue of Aphrodite dating from the 1st Century AD. Alongside this work is an impressive ensemble of Furniture, Kunstkammer and Decorative Arts each boasting a unique legacy and place in history.