Results: The Important Judaica sale began with a significant selection of property from the estate of Shlomo Moussaieff. The group was led by Simeon Solomon’s Carrying the Scrolls of Law, which set a new world auction record for the artist when it sold for $492,500 – nearly double its high estimate of $250,000. Other highlights in include the First Jewish Prayer Book – of which sold to applause for $468,500. A record for a work of American Judaica at auction.
Details: This year’s sale of Important Judaica features significant property from the distinguished collection of the late Shlomo Moussaieff, a renowned collector whose home was a meeting place for connoisseurs from all over the world. Mr Moussaieff delighted in sharing his treasures with others, and he gave generously of his time and knowledge. Highlights from his collection include a remarkable selection of Kabbalistic manuscripts and a magnificent array of menorahs and Hanukah lamps – mostly of substantial size – featuring examples from Europe and the Middle East. The second part of the auction will present silver and books from various owners. Highlights include two outstanding 18th-century silver Sabbath lamps, a magnificent Italian silver-gilt Torah crown and important American Judaica, including the earliest Jewish Prayer book printed in America (New York, 1761), as well as splendid textiles and paintings.